Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring
Former West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley has suggested to Herald Scotland that Moussa Dembele should not have moved to Celtic in the summer transfer window.
Dembele joined Scottish Premiership giants Celtic in the summer transfer window after leaving Fulham at the end of last season.
The 20-year-old forward has arrived at Celtic Park with a strong reputation and is expected to be a huge success.
The France Under-20 international, who signed a four-year deal with the Bhoys in June, has already been among the goals for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season.
The youngster has been a hit at Celtic so far, but Curbishley believes that the Frenchman should not have moved to the Glasgow giants this summer.
Curbishley was the technical director at Fulham when Dembele was starting his career at the London club.
"He is very quick and strong but I think he needed to do another year at Fulham before he moved onto a club like Celtic," Curbishley told Herald Scotland. "At Celtic he has to produce right away and it is quickly forgotten that he is still just a youngster.
"I think he would have been given the benefit of the doubt a bit more if he stayed at Fulham but sometimes the move comes along and you have to take it."
"Dembele is a goalscorer and I think he will do well but people have to understand that he is not the finished article by far," added Curbishley.
"He can go missing in games a little bit like most young players do. He will score goals but for his all round game I think he possibly needed to stay at Fulham a little bit longer."
Dembele is a talented and promising young forward, and he should prove to be a good signing for Celtic.
The Frenchman will make mistakes at Celtic Park, but in Brendan Rodgers, he has a manager who had a good track record of working with young footballers.
Celtic's Moussa Dembele in action with Bernardo Lopes