Report: Siriki Dembele would favour move to Scotland, Celtic remain interested

By Euan Davidson

July 15, 2021

Could Celtic finally land long-rumoured target Siriki Dembele, because he’d prefer a move to Scotland.

That’s the latest, according to Peterborough Telegraph, who state that the Peterborough United winger is keen on a move back to where he spent much of his childhood. It also helps that, for the meantime at least, his younger brother Karamoko is a Celtic player.

The report says, however, that the Posh will not let him go cheaply. Dembele’s contract runs out at the end of next season.

Karamoko recently revealed that he was “enjoying his football” again at Celtic. He’s endured a frustrating couple of seasons at the club, in the margins of the first-team squad. But with Celtic reportedly joining the race for his older brother, a longer-term stay could be tempting.

At 24, Dembele has long been featured in gossip columns. In January, the attacker handed in a transfer request [Peterborough Telegraph]. However, a move never materialised, and Dembele could be tempted to sign a new deal with the Posh. Provided, that is, there isn’t a winning bid for the winger.

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Celtic are in a long queue for the talented Nike Academy graduate. Fulham, West Brom, Nottingham Forest and (inevitably) Rangers are also said to be keen.

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Why wouldn’t they be? Dembele scored 13 and set up another dozen across all competitions last season [Transfermarkt]. A versatile forward, who can play on the left, right, as a number 10 or up front, Dembele offers a considerable attacking arsenal.

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It feels like Siriki Dembele has been linked with Celtic for eternity, by this point. The connections are obvious; he spent a great deal of his childhood in Scotland, his brother plays for Celtic, and he’s affordable.

The problem, if there is one, is dealing with the very extroverted management of Peterborough United. Barry Fry, the club’s Director of Football, can regularly be heard giving quotes about his star assets. Chairman Darragh MacAnthony runs a popular podcast, ‘The Hard Truth’, in which he discusses goings-on at the Posh.

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That kind of public exposure might not suit certain clubs, in terms of transfer business. Certainly, it’s not Celtic’s preferred method of conducting a move. On the Communication with Supporters Scale, Peterborough United and Celtic occupy opposite ends.

As for Dembele, though? He may well be worth the hassle. He reportedly wants to move north, and Celtic can offer him a comfortable environment, game-time and European football.

Expect to hear even more about this will-they-won’t-they transfer story as the weeks go on.

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