Andy Walker shares an opinion on Celtic's Moussa Dembele

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot

Moussa Dembele broke his duck for Celtic last night - albeit from the penalty spot.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot

Former Celtic striker Andy Walker has claimed to Sky Sports that Moussa Dembele has looked clumsy and awkward for much of his early Hoops career, but believes his goal in Wednesday's win over Astana could be a watershed moment for him.

The 20-year-old summer signing from Fulham opened his account for Celtic in timely fashion by converting a last-minute penalty which saw the Bhoys avoid the anguish of extra time and progress into the Champions League playoff round.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring the second goal with Leigh Griffiths

Dembele has previously been linked to Tottenham Hotspur and arrived in Glasgow with a big reputation, though it only cost the Scottish giants a meagre £500,000 in compensation.

A consequence of his hype was that much has been made of the French striker's inauspicious start to life at Paradise - the youngster went five games before finding the net - but Walker, who spent four years at Celtic, says his goal against the Kazakhstan side will do him the world of good.

"He's looked a bit clumsy and awkward in his first few games, but that was a pressure penalty that he took last night and he handled it with a lot of confidence. It'll do him the world of good," he told Sky Sports.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Celtic are now 180 minutes away from guaranteeing their spot in the group stages and it would be just what the doctor ordered for the club after being eliminated from qualifying in each of the past two seasons.

Celtic now turn their attention toward Sunday as they begin their Scottish Premiership title defence with a tricky trip to Hearts.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

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