Zinedine Zidane has told The Daily Record that he is excited and impressed by the emergence of Celtic starlet Moussa Dembele.
Since joining Celtic this summer from Championship club Fulham on a free transfer, which may one day be seen as the steal of a lifetime, Dembele has ingratiated himself with the Hoops’ faithful and established his place in the Celtic squad and is now a key fixture in Brendan Rodgers’ plans.
The France under-20 international has found the net on 14 occasions in just 20 appearances, including a Champions League double in Celtic’s group stage fixture with Manchester City and a phenomonal four goals in two games against Old Firm rivals rangers.
And his growing reputation proceeds him as he continues to thrill fans and catch the eye of European footballs top sides
Real Madrid manager Zidane-is just one of many coaches across the continent to express their admiration for Dembele- believes that it is Dembele’s knack of scoring on the biggest stages that mark him out among the crowd.
“He isn’t just scoring goals, he is scoring big goals, important goals like the one against Rangers,” Zidane told The Record.
“That to me is always the sign of a great player.
“I have played with the greatest strikers, Ronaldo, Henry, Raul, and you knew on the biggest occasions they would win you games – and Dembele is already showing that.”
He added: “It was great for him to score his goals against Manchester City, not just for the result but for him personally.
“He will now go into games knowing he can score goals against the best clubs and that confidence does everything for a player of that age.
“I hope he can score more goals while Celtic remain in The Champions League, it will be good for him.”
The 20-year-old’s rapid rise sees no end and if he can muster half the career of the greats mentioned by Zindane then he will have left an indelible mark of football.