Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele in top 10 list

By Connor Gordon

January 2, 2020

Celtic hero Moussa Dembele has been labelled as one of best players in France.

The current Lyon man had a fantastic first season in Ligue 1 and is rightly getting the plaudits. Dembele is rated ninth out of 100 best players in France by a variety of journalists at Get French Football.

Moussa Dembele hitting the heights since Celtic departure

A 300 page novel could be written about Dembele during his time with the Hoops.

Moussa Dembele during one of his last Celtic appearances last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Top scorers, trebles, derby and European goals make him an icon of the current age. However, there will have been some questioning whether he could do it in a greater league.

Dembele has shot it out the park scoring 27 goals for club and country. This why he has made it into the top 10 of the best players plying their trade in France.

The list does make points about several improvements that need to be made, such as his European record.

Moussa Dembele in action with Lyon. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

It also touches on the success he had linking up with Scott Sinclair at Celtic playing in a 4-2-3-1 system.

An appearance for les Bleus first team is still evading him, though that should come if he continues his trajectory.

Frenchman isn’t the only former Bhoy on the list

Joining Dembele in the top players in France is another ex-Hoop in Jason Denayer.

The Celtic loanee from Manchester City has also improved since leaving Glasgow. Denayer is now a teammate of Dembele and his captain at Lyon.

Jason Denayer has went on to be captain of Lyon. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Belgian international doesn’t feature as high on the list as his striker counterpart at number 32. His season spell playing with Virgil van Dijk is mentioned as is his winning of young player of the year in Scotland.

The Celts’ abysmal Europa League campaign that season also gets a nod, which is crazy to think about due to the two centre-backs at the time.

Nevertheless, it appears Glasgow was a good learning curve for Denayer, Dembele and Van Dijk. Neil Lennon and co should cite these progressions to any future target who is having second thoughts on a move to Celtic.