“The Good Lie” – Dembele insists transfer speculation never bothered him

Celtic star striker Moussa Dembele has made it clear that he wasn’t moved by the constant speculation about his future during the January transfer window.

The young Frenchman was subject to strong transfer speculation from some Premier League clubs, as Brendan Rodgers confirmed Celtic had rejected a bid that was not up to the Frenchman’s value.

The former Fulham striker got back to scoring goals in a 3-1 win against Hearts last month and put in a terrific shift against Zenit St. Petersburg last Thursday with some key hold up play as Celtic claimed a vital victory.

Dembele has said injuries are what have held him back this season and not the talk for a transfer.

“It might have looked to other people outside that I was affected by speculation but that was never the case.

It is not something that is new to me. I have been in this position many times in many career.

For me, it is always about playing football and scoring goals. Nothing else matters to me. That is what my focus is. It is what it is now and it is what it will be until the end of the season.”

With a recent injury to Leigh Griffiths, fully fit Dembele will to have to lead the line for Rodgers’ side and get back to his goal scoring form that he showed last season.

As Celtic prepare for their second-leg fixture against Zenit away in Russia in the Europa league last-32 tie, they will be relying on another strong performance up top from Dembele to see them through.

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Kazeem Olawale

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Kazeem Olawale, 24-year old sports writer. An avid Arsenal and Real Madrid fans. If not here, always making round on his banter Arsenal blog, www.goonerrepublic.com