As sure as night follows day: if Celtic are linked with a player, then so are Rangers.
According to Peterborough’s Director of Football Barry Fry, our rivals have sent scouts to watch Siriki Dembélé on multiple occasions. This is despite the Posh’s former assistant manager Gavin Strachan being a coach at Celtic. More importantly, Dembélé’s younger brother, Karamoko, is contracted at Celtic Park.
In a report from the Peterborough Telegraph, Fry stated that Dembélé had been watched by Fulham, Newcastle United and Stoke City, as well as Scotland’s big two.
On today’s (23rd December) episode of the ‘Hard Truths’ podcast, Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony described Dembélé as a ‘League One phenom’.
Fry comments as Rangers follow Celtic once again
Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph:
“Rangers have watched Siriki twice as have the Scottish national side.
“Newcastle manager Steve Bruce watched him at Crewe when he didn’t play well.
“There will always be interest in players like Siriki, but we don’t have to sell him. We have him for another 18 months and we’d rather he stayed until the summer when we can reassess his situation.”
The timing of this news is strange. Last we heard, Dembélé was struggling for form in League One. Having been hooked early doors during a draw with MK Dons, Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson said (Peterborough Telegraph):
“I don’t regret the substitution of Dembelé for Eisa. When you keep giving the ball away it makes no difference how good you can be.”
Dembélé has managed 5 goals and 5 assists in 17 games for Peterborough (Transfermarkt). It’s a decent return in League One, but there is uncertainty as to whether the 24-year-old can make the step up to a top-tier side.
From a Celtic perspective, there’s a clear advantage of having Karamoko’s older brother at the club, given that the youngster is considering his options (Scottish Sun). Rangers, however, will consider it a real coup to bring Siriki Dembélé to Ibrox.