Ray Wilkins says Celtic better place for Moussa Dembele than Spurs

Fulham's Moussa Dembele has a shot at goal

The France youth international has agreed to move to Scotland after his contract expired at Fulham, disappoint a host of reportedly interested clubs.

Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal for FulhamMoussa Dembele celebrates scoring for Fulham

Ray Wilkins has told Sky Sports that he thinks Fulham striker Moussa Dembele has picked the perfect place to continue his career, after the talented young Frenchman signed for Scottish champions Celtic.

Dembele was reported by many, including the Guardian, to be close to joining Premier League side Spurs in January, only for a move to fall through late in the window. With his contract at Craven Cottage expiring this summer, it saw a whole host of top clubs joining the North Londoners in pursuing a teenager who netted 17 goals last season in the Championship, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Galatasaray all mentioned by the Evening Standard as possible destinations.

But it is Celtic and new boss Brendan Rodgers who have managed to snap up Dembele on a free, and fans at Celtic Park have every reason to be excited at his capture.

Wilkins spent two years in Glasgow himself as part of a celebrated playing career, turning out for Celtic's rivals Rangers at the end of the 1980s.

Fulham's Moussa Dembele has a shot at goalFulham's Moussa Dembele has a shot at goal

The former Chelsea and QPR favourite knows the 19-year-old forward better than most, having coached him at Fulham, and the 59-year-old said the new Bhoys star has made the right decision to spurn interest from the Premier League outfits like Spurs to sign for Celtic. 

"I saw that he nearly went to Tottenham but I think he stayed at the best place - somewhere he'll play," Wilkins told Sky Sports. "It's all very well scoring goals at U21 level but the most important thing is to play and play against men."

Scottish Premiership defences may not be so grateful at the switch, and with Rodgers' experience of developing youngsters, Celtic may have a real star on their hands. 

It isn't known whether Spurs pursued Dembele this summer, with attention perhaps shifted to more established strikers, but they may well yet rue letting the attacker slip through their fingers.

Fulham's Moussa Dembele (R) applauds fans at the end of the matchFulham's Moussa Dembele (R) applauds fans at the end of the match

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