Roberto Mancini wary of Moussa Dembele threat for Celtic

Head Coach of FC Internazionale Roberto Mancini gestures during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 20, 2016 in Genoa, Italy.

Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic will take on Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Europa League this week.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates with teammate Kieran Tierney after he scores his team's third goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at...

Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Roberto Mancini has told Herald Scotland that he expects Moussa Dembele to be Celtic’s main threat this week.

Russian Premier League club Zenit will take on Scottish Premiership side Celtic in the round of 32 in the Europa League this season.

The first leg of the tie will be held at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Thursday evening, and ahead of the game, former Manchester City boss Mancini believes that Dembele will be Celtic’s main threat against his Zenit team, and has stated that he likes him.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates with teammate Kieran Tierney after he scores his team's third goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at...

Mancini told Herald Scotland about Dembele: "I like him as a player. I knew about him when he was at Fulham.

“He's still young, but he's a good player. He still needs to improve, but he will. I expect him to be Celtic's main threat on Thursday.”

Head coach Roberto Mancini of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg gestures during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at Otkrytie Arena stadium...

Key player

Dembele is one of the best young strikers in Europe, and although the former Fulham youngster has not been in great form for Celtic so far this season, the 21-year-old has the ability to turn on the style.

Supremely gifted and with a keen eye for goal, the France Under-21 international will be determined to showcase his quality on Thursday evening.

The striker is not an easy player to mark, and one should not be surprised if he does score a goal or two against Zenit if he starts this week.

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