Celtic’s Moussa Dembele named best French U21 Player of the Year

Celtic’s Moussa Dembele named best French U21 Player of the Year

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has been crowned the French Under-21 Player of the Year for 2016, the club today revealed.

Dembele has enjoyed a fantastic year, both with the Bhoys and former club Fulham, particularly with the latter where he excelled in the Championship for the Cottagers.

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However, he has taken those performances to Scotland with him. Since making his summer move from Fulham, Dembele has been in exceptional form for Brendan Rodgers’ side and has scored 17 times for the Bhoys in 32 games.

Three of Dembele’s goals came in Celtic’s ill-fated Champions League campaign, but it is also at international level that the 20-year-old has been firing on all cylinders in.

The talented forward scored four goals in four games for France U21s, which played another key part in him winning the award this weekend.

“It’s great,” Dembele told Celtic’s official website. “The supporters have always been behind not only me but every Celtic player, and it’s great for me and them to have these fans backing us. It’s not only me who has won this trophy – we have won it, and hopefully it’s the first of many.

“We have won this all together. I am on the pitch scoring goals but behind me there are 10 players and then there are those on the bench and those in the rest of the squad.

“When I win this trophy, it’s down to the work of everyone. Everyone has helped me since I have been here so I just want to say thanks to them. We have been producing some good football and we need to keep going in this way.

“It’s great to get this award in front of these big players, and some of them have more experience than me. I am happy to win it, but it’s a team game and we all play together in the national team, so it’s because of them as well, we are 11 players on the pitch when we play.”

Dembele was presented the award at Lennoxtown on Sunday afternoon, after initially being crowned the winner of the award on Saturday.

Moussa Dembele had an 83% shot accuracy in the Champions League this season.