Stiliyan Petrov backs Moussa Dembele to reach the top

Speaking exclusively to The Evening Times, former Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov believes that Moussa Dembele is so good that he can eventually reach the very top of the game.

What’s the story?

Petrov knows what it takes to get it done for Celtic and in the English Premier League after a spell with Aston Villa and he’s backed red hot striking sensation Dembele to have a massively successful career.

As quoted by The Evening Times, he said:

What we have all seen is that he has the potential to go to the top. Celtic did very well to stay strong and hold on to him in the January transfer window and that is important. They should want to have him at the club for as long as possible and from what I hear he is happy where he is. He is very young, he has a lot of time to get better and as a striker you always have to prove yourself. It is not enough to do it over one season, you have to do it again and again – like Henrik.

The comparisons to Henrik Larsson appear to be getting more and more frequent with many Celtic supporters believing the Frenchman is the greatest striker to grace the club since those days. Are they right?

How good is he?

Dembele’s season has been quite extraordinary. He’s scored 32 goals in 44 appearances for the club so far this term, although only 33 of those appearances have been from the start of matches.

He’s rapidly closing in on the 40 goal mark and could break the record for most goals in a debut season for the Bhoys which stands at 43, set by Joe McBride in 1966.

Also scoring 5 goals in 3 matches against arch-rivals Rangers this season, he’s rapidly become a fan favourite amongst the passionate Celtic support.

He’ll have another chance to enhance his reputation at the club when the Hoops take on the Gers this Sunday at Celtic Park.