MOUSSA DEMBELE says he’s ready to renew his rivalry with the Ibrox club and doesn’t expect a warm welcome to Glasgow on Thursday night when Lyon comes to town.
The French club head to Scotland to face Steven Gerrard’s men and it will be up to Moussa Dembele to send the home support home unhappy on the night.
The former Celtic striker was never a stranger to a goal or two in the derby back when he played under Brendan Rodgers. The Invincible Celt was the catalyst in many ways for the beginning of Celtic’s dominance in what would be four consecutive treble winning seasons.
Moving to Lyon, Moussa has been plying his trade in France mostly since leaving Celtic. The Frenchman had a brief stint at Atletico Madrid last season but it never worked out.
Now in the Europa League with Lyon, the striker is gunning for his old derby foes.
As quoted by Record Sport, Moussa said: Celtic are one of the greatest clubs in the world – the way the fans treated me throughout my time in Glasgow was very special. I will always be a Celtic fan. Being back in Glasgow will be a good feeling for me – I have some good memories of playing in Old Firm games and at Ibrox.
“That success I had was in a Celtic jersey but it means nothing for the game on Thursday. Now I arrive in Glasgow as a Lyon player and want to show Glasgow what I can do once again.
“I don’t expect the best of receptions but that doesn’t matter to me. I know the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers and as an ex-Celtic player it is normal that I won’t get a good reception. I have a good record against them for Celtic – I am sure they have not forgotten that.”
Celtic are in action this week in the Europa League, heading to Seville to play Real Betis in a tough test for Ange Postecoglou’s side.