Celtic target Siriki Dembele "might start season" with Peterborough, claims Posh director

By Euan Davidson

June 12, 2021

Long-term Celtic target Siriki Dembele could start the season with Peterborough United, according to Barry Fry.

The chirpy Director of Football claimed it’s possible that Dembele, Karamoko’s older brother, could start the season in League One. With his contract winding down, and plenty of speculation surrounding the winger, it’s somewhat surprising no bids have been made yet.

That’s what Fry is saying, anyway. The Posh’s director told the Peterborough Telegraph:

“It’s been quiet as far as bids are concerned.

“And it could be that Siriki starts the season with us. If he does he would best advised to play his heart out for Posh as the transfer window remains open until September 7 and that gives him a month to impress someone.”

With Peterborough’s contract policy dictating that anyone in the last year of their deal is likely to be sold, we’ll perhaps see some movement yet. However, it’s unclear whether the Celtic board have named Dembele as a target to new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Dembele, who used to play for Dundee and Ayr United’s youth teams, has been with Peterborough United since 2018. Last season, he scored 12 and assisted 12 in 45 total outings [Transfermarkt]. Capable as a left-winger or a striker, Karamoko’s older brother would provide firepower and versatility for the Bhoys up front.

Celtic and Siriki Dembele saga has gone on for a long time now

If Celtic are indeed interested, they’re taking their time about it. Dembele has been a fixture in the football gossip columns for months, and is also linked with Rangers and Fulham [Peterborough Telegraph].

Siriki Dembele of Peterborough United / (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Of course, the Rangers link is the most problematic one, here. There is precedent, though; Tom McAdam played for Celtic, while his brother Colin played for our fierce rivals. They even lined up against each other in the 80s [Daily Record]. Whether Karamoko and Siriki do the same is another question.

From Celtic’s point of view, we need reinforcements in Dembele’s exact position. Also, from a footballing perspective, it’d be fun to see brothers playing on either flank for Celtic. With Karamoko on the right, and Siriki on the left, the Dembele brothers would be a real handful for any Scottish defence.

Will the Bhoys finally make their move for the League One forward? Only time will tell.

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