MOUSSA DEMBELE has credited his spark at Lyon with his Derby goal against St Ettiene in January. Before then, the striker was struggling for form but since then he hasn’t looked back.

The Frenchman looked back at the start of his Celtic career and believed it was the Glasgow Derby which ignited him in Glasgow. Leigh Griffiths was announced injured on the day of the game and fans were concerned Celtic didn’t have the firepower – Up steps Dembele with a hat-trick.

“It was the same thing when I arrived at Celtic. In Glasgow, despite good performances, I did not score in my first three games.”

Many people talk up the Glasgow Derby and say it’s on a different level from anything they’ve experienced but not Moussa Dembele who told Le Foot there is not much difference between the Lyon/St Ettiene derby and the Glasgow Derby.

“There are not really any differences between this derby and the one in Glasgow. These are two cities or two neighbourhoods that do not like each other, it’s the same impact. To score in a derby is good to enter the history and the heart of the fans.”

Moussa scored a lot of goals in the Derby during his Celtic career and seemed to step up to the plate when the stakes where high. Maybe we should head over to the next Lyon Derby to get a taste of what Moussa is talking about.

The player left last summer for a record-breaking fee after working his ticket out of Parkhead with social media rants against Brendan Rodgers. Moussa felt vindicated when Brendan left Celtic without a moment’s hesitation back in February.


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