Former Celtic striker Dembélé sends cheeky Instagram post about rivals

By Euan Davidson

September 17, 2021

You’ve got to love former Celtic striker Moussa Dembélé.

Years after he joined Lyon for big money [BBC], he still loves giving periodic reminders of who bossed Glasgow for two seasons.

The striker, who truly first made his mark for Celtic with a hat-trick against Rangers, loves to wind up our rivals.

And though he couldn’t play for Lyon against Rangers last night – maintaining a theme of ex-Celtic players not getting into Ibrox – he could at least relax and enjoy his team winning.

And that, he most certainly did. Lyon took 3 points away from Ibrox last night.

And while his Twitter antics have been well-reported, it’s a more subtle dig at our rivals that we’re particularly enjoying.

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In an Instagram story, Moussa Dembélé shared a highlight of James Tavernier’s own goal.

Notably, with a thinking emoji super-imposed over the top.

It says so little, but it also says so much. There’s cold, and then there’s sharing footage of an opposition player’s own goal cold.

Sometimes, going simple is the most effective approach.

Dembélé has been on hot form for Lyon since returning from Atlético Madrid. In the Spanish capital, he was part of a La Liga winning side. With Memphis Depay moving to Barcelona, the former Celtic man has been handed back the keys to Lyon’s attack.

He’s repaid the trust, scoring 4 goals in 5 outings for 7th placed Lyon [Sky Sports].

Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembélé just cannot resist a pop at our rivals

Again, you’ve just got to love him. He followed this up with a tweet quoting 2pac, specifically the rapper’s post-humous hit ‘Changes’.

Then, in the replies, Dembélé was liking the responses of Celtic supporters left and right. Truly lovely stuff.

It’s great to see that, despite the way he left Celtic, falling out with Brendan Rodgers and all the rest, he still holds affection for the club that made him a star.

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It was at Celtic that he won titles, racked up the goals and gained vital Champions League experience. That’s served him extremely well, not least on Lyon’s run to the Semi Final in 19-20 [UEFA].

More evidence, perhaps, that players can come from anywhere and connect with the Celtic supporters. Through his performances for us on the park, and his willingness to connect with fans off it, both with us and after he left, Dembélé has built a lasting rapport.

Will we ever see him in the Green and White again?

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