CHRIS SUTTON believes England’s top talent scouts will be getting carpeted — for letting Moussa Dembele slip away to Celtic.
BT Sport’s Scottish football expert and former Parkhead star Sutton said: “Dembele has all the attributes.
“I still think he’s a little raw round the edges but he can move in behind, hold the ball up, he’s a physical presence and his link-up play’s decent.
“Down south, he’s the most talked-about player around.
“Whether we like it or not, there’s going to be interest in him, though Celtic will be doing their utmost to hang on to him.
“But Dembele’s essentially potential at the moment, so heaven help centre- halves when he’s matured a bit.
“For £500,000 he is just an unbelievable signing.
“As we speak, there are probably recruitment people down south getting their backsides kicked and being asked: ‘Why didn’t we take a chance on him?’. Chairmen will be asking how they missed him.
“His stock has risen so far in a short space of time and I think he’s only going to get better.
“He did well in the Championship last season. Basically his partnership with Ross McCormack kept a really poor Fulham side up.
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“Sides in the Premier League want the finished article for a striker but people are now looking at him and seeing he’s a real handful. He hasn’t proven himself over a number of games at the highest level yet but from what I’ve seen I’d be shocked if he was to go backwards.
“This isn’t a player who’s going to fall away, in my opinion — this guy is going places.
“I think he’ll get better and better. When you look at him, who’d want to play against him? It’s like playing against Didier Drogba.
“At least when people played against me, they would think: ‘Oh well, he can’t run’. With Dembele, he can take it in and link the play.”
Sutton says Celtic’s swashbuckling display against Pep Guardiola’s City totally changed the way they — and Scottish football — is viewed in England.
He said: “That one result against City transformed the way people I know think about Scottish football.
“It was an eye-opener for them and that can only be a good thing. Celtic’s home Champions League record is exceptionally good but I have to say pre-City I was extremely concerned it could be another Barcelona.
“But to actually have the bravery to play that way against them was great — the way they pressed the ball was incredible.
“I said on the night — and I stand by it — that people were saying down south Manchester City could go the whole season unbeaten.
“When you think of all the money there is in the Premier League, it took a team north of the border to derail them.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it. One or two of the pundits were happy. I don’t want to name names, Rio!
“I think everyone was caught up in the atmosphere that night.
“Although the fans might view Borussia Monchengladbach as a lesser team, it’ll be a real test tomorrow.
“These are not duds. Borussia are a well-organised and slick outfit.
“Celtic will have to be at their best on what’ll be another hard night, but the players will know that.”
Sutton reckons that Hoops boss Rodgers will give Erik Sviatchenko the central defensive nod to partner Kolo Toure ahead of Jozo Simunovic.
He said: “Brendan will stick with Sviatchenko, but Simunovic is still an interesting one.
“Celtic agreed a fee with Torino for him, which seemed a bit odd from the outside.
“But he’s back and they’ll have an extended look at him now.
“Things like that often happen and he may turn out to be a top player.
“Injuries have hampered him and they’re both in a situation where the jury is out.
“Toure will be in there and I think it’ll be Sviatchenko beside him.”