Celtic's Moussa Dembele sets ambitious target, names his hero and Hoops legend he wants to emulate

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The Frenchman became the Scottish Premiership side's first signing of the summer.

Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal for Fulham

Moussa Dembele has set himself the ambitious target of becoming one of the world's best strikers, and hopes to mirror the achievements of Henrik Larsson following his arrival at Celtic, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 19-year-old became the first signing of Brendan Rodgers' tenure after an excellent season for Fulham in the Championship, where he scored 15 goals in 43 games.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesDembele hopes to emulate Larsson

And despite the considerable step-up he will need to make to be a success at Parkhead, Dembele has taken little time to make a bold claim regarding what he hopes to achieve during his time with the club.

"I want to become one of the best strikers or the best striker in the world," he told The Scottish Sun.

"I think that is possible and working with someone like Brendan Rodgers at Celtic will help me. The key's to work hard.

"I model myself on Ronaldo, the Brazilian one. As a striker he had everything. He could score goals, he could dribble, he could pass - he had everything.

"Hopefully I can score as many goals as I can for Celtic - and become like Henrik Larsson."

Ronaldo scores for Brazil in the 2002 World Cup FinalDembele admitted that Ronaldo was his role model

Much of the success that the Frenchman will initially enjoy with the Hoops will come down to how strong a partnership he forms with Leigh Griffiths.

The Scotland striker enjoyed a sensational campaign last year, scoring 31 goals in the league, so he will most likely be relying on Rodgers to implement a system that sees both men included in the team.

But if the manager decides to take a big gamble by using Dembele as the sole forward, the youngster will be under a huge amount of pressure to hit the ground running and begin to prove straight away that he has the potential to emulate something like the goalscoring record that turned Larsson into a Hoops legend. 

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

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