Ex-Celtic duo closing in on top European league titles

By David Walton

May 4, 2021

It’s been a miserable campaign to be a Celtic fan,  but a pair of our ex-stars appear to be having a better time of things.

Indeed, we may have lost our golden opportunity to secure the title, but for Timothy Weah and Moussa Dembele, they’re close to a pair of big achievements.

Weah is currently closing in on securing the Ligue 1 title with Lille in what’s been an incredible year for the USA youngster. He’s made 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 leaders, who are sitting one point clear of PSG with only three games remaining.

Should Weah’s Lille overcome Lens, St Atienne, and Angers, the title will be wrapped up. It would also break the PSG monopoly in France of three consecutive titles. More importantly for Weah, it would be Lille’s first title since their 2010/11 success.

The son of George, Timo played for Celtic during a loan spell back in the 2018/19 campaign. He featured 17 times for the club, bagging four goals in the process [Transfermarkt].

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Celtic pair set for European league title glory

Even though Weah was only here for the short-term, Moussa Dembele was a tough different. He signed under Brendan Rodgers during the Northern Irishman’s first transfer window, and proved to be a smash-hit.

Dembele left in a £19.7million deal back in the summer of 2018 [Sky Sports]. After a productive two-and-a-half years in France, Dembele bagged a loan move to Atletico Madrid back in January.

In terms of his own form, it hasn’t been ideal. Covid issues combined with an injury concern has limited Moussa’s game-time. He’s only made four appearances for Atletico, and is currently one of their benchwarmers [Transfermarkt]. Even so, Diego Simeone has been giving him a few opportunities in recent times.

Moussa Dembele in action for Atletico Madrid (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Moussa has yet to score for Atletico, but he’s still only several games away from La Liga success with Madrid. It’s unlikely Atletico will take up any option to buy him in the summer, but Dembele could leave Spain with a title win to his name.

Atletico are two points clear of both Real Madrid and Barcelona with four matches remaining. They’ve still to overcome a trip to Barcelona before games against Real Sociedad, Osasuna, and Real Valladolid. 4 wins and the title is theirs.

It’s an incredible jump for both Weah and Dembele since their Celtic stints. It shows that it’s not just Virgil van Dijk who’s had the chance to leave Parkhead and bag top European title. Hopefully, both men can see their respective challenges through.

In other news, Celtic have run out of excuses – where is the sporting director?