Remember the Siriki Dembele to Celtic speculation? Well it’s back!
Peterborough United are dealing with a headache on multiple fronts. Contract talks have stalled with several players, including Siriki Dembele. The talented winger has been on the radar of Celtic for a considerable time, with Rangers, Newcastle United and others monitoring his situation.
Siriki Dembele is, of course, the older brother of Celtic starlet Karamoko. At 24, he’s significantly older than the much-hyped Academy prospect. However, he’s still young himself, and has contributed to 17 goals in 35 matches this season [WhoScored?].
A left-sided attacking midfielder or winger, Dembele would be an excellent replacement for Moi Elyounoussi. The Norwegian winger’s own club situation is under question..
According to the Peterborough Telegraph, the Posh will offer the attacker a new deal, provided they seal promotion in 20-21. If not, he’ll be sold in order to avoid a total loss on the player, with his contract running out in 2022.
Peterborough United chairman Barry Fry said:
“If we go up we will offer Siriki an improved contract because he’s such a talented player, but whether or not he signs it is another matter.”
Siriki Dembele for Celtic?
The arguments for signing Dembele are numerous. Firstly, he’s a good footballer. At a League One standard, the left-sided attacker has been excellent for a decent Peterborough side. It’s little wonder clubs are interested.
He also fills a very obvious need for the Bhoys. We’re lacking in numbers on both wings. Mikey Johnston may be returning to fitness, but he’s struggled to hold down a permanent place. Moi Elyounoussi might not be staying at the club beyond this summer. After two objectively decent loan spells, he still hasn’t won over the entirety of the Celtic support.
Thirdly, his presence at Celtic may do enough to convince Karamoko Dembele to sign a new deal. Celtic are wary of letting the promising youngster go for nothing. That being the case, Celtic would need to act fast; Karamoko’s contract runs out this summer.
So, Celtic could pick up a very good player at a cut-price, considering his contract situation. With Celtic already signing up Liam Shaw and eyeing Kyle Joseph, the English leagues are proving to be a decent hunting ground for quality players.