Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed his admiration for striker Moussa Dembele but admits that a big move for the Frenchman is on the horizon.
The Northern Irishman was speaking after Dembele found the only goal in a pre-season win over Sparta Prague.
The 21-year-old was on the sideline for the first two outings on Celtic’s trip to Austria after being given extra time to recuperate but returned against the Czech side, impressing during his 45 minutes on the field.
“Moussa is a really happy boy and he’s a great boy to work with. I love him,” Rodgers told the Daily Mail. “He has a belief that he is a player and that is important because you need to have that personality.
“But it is handy when you back it up. That’s what I look for. Moussa backs it up and shows it on the field. I said Moussa had lost weight when he came back and looked really fit and strong.”
However, Rodgers recognizes that sooner or later Dembele will grow bigger than the Scottish club and will depart for a big move.
Ever since his arrival at Celtic from Fulham in 2016 he has caught interest of several clubs around Europe after impressing for Celtic domestically and in European competition. Speculation only became more intense throughout last season.
“What I know with Moussa is that nothing affects him, really,” said Rodgers. “I think there was a little period in my time, but, apart from that, he’s been absolutely brilliant. He is really focused and he’s a good boy.
“He knows it (a big move) will come for him at some point and that there is nothing he can do other than work hard in training and play well in games. He’s done that for the majority of time I’ve been at the club. He can only play well, work hard and see what happens.”