Brendan Rodgers offers his verdict on Moussa Dembele's Celtic debut performance

Fulham's Moussa Dembele looks dejected

Celtic beat Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday evening.

Fulham's Moussa Dembele looks dejectedMoussa Dembele looks dejected

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told the club's official website that he felt Moussa Dembele 'did very well' on his Bhoys debut against Olimpija Ljubljana.

Dembele, 19, became Rodgers' first signing as Celtic manager last week, making the move to Scotland after a superb spell in England with Fulham.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

The French striker hit 17 goals in all competitions last season, but with his contract expiring at Craven Cottage, he chose to move on and pen a four-year deal with Celtic.

Having seen Carlton Cole, Colin Kazim-Richards and Stefan Scepovic all leave Celtic for one reason or another this summer, Dembele is now the main competition for leading goalscorer Leigh Griffiths ahead of the new season - but in a pre-season match on Wednesday, the pair linked up.

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

Rodgers decided to field both Dembele and Griffiths in a 4-3-3 system against Olimpija Ljubljana, and whilst Griffiths hit both goals in a 2-1 win, Dembele played 63 minutes before being replaced by Nadir Ciftci.

Dembele had a few chances to score in a lively performance, but ended his first game without a goal, before being praised by his new boss Rodgers.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

After a well-earned pre-season win, Rodgers spoke to Celtic's official website and suggested that Dembele 'did very well' on his debut, even though he tired towards the end of the game.

Rodgers was impressed with how strong, fast and mobile Dembele was, and thinks that there was a good connection between the new signing and talismanic striker Griffiths.

"This is only his first week training but since coming he has looked very strong, fast and mobile and you could see that combination up front with him and Leigh Griffiths, and other teams will have someone else to focus on," said Rodgers. "He obviously tired a little bit but I felt he did very well," he added.

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