Former Celtic legend John Hartson believes that Moussa Dembele should remain at Parkhead for at least another season.

The Welshman knows what it is like to play as a prolific striker for the Hoops, and believes that a move away from the club would not benefit Dembele’s development or future.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hartson said:

He is absolutely idolised at Celtic.  He’s a real fans favourite and you have to wonder, where else would he play his football where he would get that adulation. He cannot even come into the city and have a meal!

The fans really take the players to their hearts and he’s got that at Celtic Football Club. He’s young and I personally feel, if I was his agent or adviser, he would benefit massively from having another season at Celtic.

He would score lots more goals and get the chance to play in Europe. I think even the buying clubs would also benefit from Moussa having another season at Celtic, but I am not his agent.

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The 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength at Celtic, after signing from Fulham last summer for a compensation fee of around £500,000, and has been touted as a £40 million player after his breakout season.

Dembele racked up 32 goals in his debut season, including three in the Champions League group stages, and he has quickly become a fans favourite at Celtic Park.

The Frenchman will only develop further under the management of Brendan Rodgers, and become a more rounded player getting regular game time and in European competition.

Whereas a move away from the club his career stall like so many have in the past.

A range of top European club are keeping tabs on Dembele’s development, and it is up to Celtic and the player to decide where his future lies.

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