Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will be on the bench for the club’s crucial Champions League qualifier second leg against AEK Athens tonight and fans have been buzzing for his potential return on Twitter.
The 22-year-old has had a thigh issue since July and has missed five games for the Hoops, so won’t be rushed back by Rodgers.
Dembele scored two in his side’s second leg victory in the first qualifying round for the Champions League against Armenian side Alashkert Yerevan. The ex-Fulham hitman signed for Celtic on a free transfer in the summer of 2016.
The Frenchman now has 50 goals in 90 games for the Bhoys and nine goals in 14 games for the U21s at international level so could make a crucial difference off the bench in Greece, with the score poised at 1-1 after the first leg in Glasgow.
Check out what Celtic fans thought of the news below.
Having Dembele back in the squad is a huge boost for Celtic tomorrow- even at 70% fit they should play him and Edouard up top
I’d go GK.Gordon RWB.Gamboa RCB.Lustig CB.Hendry LCB.Simunovic LWB.Tierney CM.Ntcham CM.Brown AM.McGregor CF.Dembele CF.Edouard
— Peter Cassidy (@petercassidy20) August 13, 2018
Just finished nightshirt in Dingwall will miss the first of the game on Tuesday but I’m confident if we play Dembele and Edward we will get a result, calm down in celtic we trust, calm yet pants and the tables will turn if not I will buy you all a drink,
— chrismac1888 (@chrismac1888) August 13, 2018
In 24 hours time I’ll be nervously bringing you updates as they happen in Celtic’s crucial second leg tie in Athens for @90MinuteCynic
Another one of these from Dembele to win it please pic.twitter.com/mx3ojFD5vt
— Ronan Kearney (@Kearney1085) 13 August 2018
Brendan just said dembele will feature at some point tomorrow night pic.twitter.com/qHZsOmlKIH
— 匚乇ㄥㄒ丨匚 尺乇乃乇ㄥ丂 (@CelticRebels) 13 August 2018
Dembele and Edouard up top together tomorrow night. Take the game to AEK and hopefully get the result we need.
— Chris (@chris1991q) 13 August 2018
3-1 Celtic. Dembele to come off the bench & tear them apart! HH
— Jason Todd (@jasontoddcfc) August 13, 2018