Siriki Dembele and his Peterborough situation should be of interest to Celtic

By Sean Clifford

March 15, 2021

Celtic face the prospect of multiple senior players potentially leaving in the next few months, ahead of an enormous rebuilding job as they look to recapture the Scottish Premiership title next season at the first attempt.

In particular, Celtic face uncertainty over the future of forward players Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi, meaning they may need to seek replacements in these areas.

Interestingly, former Hoops target Siriki Dembele’s contract is due to expire at the end of 2021/22, signifying that he could be available for relatively cheap this summer. That may put the Parkhead recruitment team on red-alert.

Celtic could do a lot worse than making an approach for Dembele

A familiar name to Celtic fans, Dembele is indeed the older brother of Celts wonderkid Karamoko Dembele.

His ability to perform in a multitude of different positions gives him a unique advantage over many offensive players, as he is competent in a centre-forward, right-wing, and left-wing berth owing his ability to beat a man as well as regularly assist and score goals.

This versatility would benefit Celtic substantially, as not only could he fill in for potential departures such as Edouard and Elyounoussi if signed, but he could also provide cover for James Forrest when needed.

Unfortunately, not having a reliable deputy to Forrest this campaign has cost Celtic considerably, they have been forced to play Ryan Christie out there at times throughout 2020/21, which has ultimately limited his influence on proceedings due to being out of position.

Former Celtic target Siriki Dembele / (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Registering 7 goals and 11 assists in 34 games from all competitions this campaign for Peterborough United, Dembele would definitely bring something different to the table at Celtic Park.

Intriguingly, he is also eligible for the Scotland national team, creating a dynamic that may be worth keeping an eye on in the near future.

In other news, Enzo Maresca continues to impress with Man City U23s.