Former Celtic star Moussa Dembélé had every reason to be excited as he joined Atletico Madrid.
The La Liga leaders have had an excellent season. Diego Simeone’s side have developed a ten-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand [Sky Sports].
Led by former Barça man Luis Suarez, the Rojiblancos welcomed former Celtic man Moussa Dembélé in a bid to assert more dominance. Dembélé endured a difficult season with Lyon, finding the net just once in 20-21 [Transfermarkt].
So, a positive Covid test has come at precisely the most inopportune time. The Daily Mail have claimed:
“Despite being in the last three matchday squads, Dembélé is yet to make his debut and that bow will now be pushed back even further due to his positive test.”
Record signing Joao Felix is also suffering from Covid-19, leaving Uruguayan sensation Suarez to lead the line against Celta Vigo on Monday.
Former Celtic man Moussa Dembélé will have to wait
It seems like a long time ago that Celtic had Moussa Dembélé leading the line under Brendan Rodgers. The bargain signing from Fulham was a brilliantly entertaining forward in the Hoops, although constant speculation about his future made life difficult.
Only today, the SPFL’s official twitter page shared a sumptuous Moussa highlight.
🤯 Count the passes!
— SPFL (@spfl) February 5, 2021
During a difficult season, it’s a reminder of what Celtic once had. He was a leading light during an dominant period for the Bhoys.
Celtic fans will have an eye on Atletico Madrid as the season unfolds. It’s very unfortunate that Moussa has been diagnosed with Covid, just as he was looking to build momentum at his new club.
The accountants at Celtic Park will also be watching more La Liga games in the coming months. There’s a sell-on fee attached to the big French striker, with the Bhoys potentially benefitting should Atletico snap him up permanently.
It could’ve all been so different. On Christmas Day 2017, Dembélé was allegedly close to signing for Brighton [The Guardian].
Instead, he’s been to the Champions League semis with Lyon, and could have a La Liga winners medal by the summer. Funny how things turn out, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, Moussa’s former strike partner has been handed an eyebrow raising comparison.