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Report: Celtic boosted by Moussa Dembele availability next week

Moussa Dembele celebrates his 2nd goal (Celtic's 4th) during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic will reportedly have Moussa Dembele in Greece for their all important Champions League qualifier in Athens.

Moussa Dembele celebrates his goal score Celtics 2nd,during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to The Record, Celtic hitman Moussa Dembele will be available for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier with AEK Athens.

The Celtic star missed Wednesday's 1-1 draw in the first leg with a hamstring injury, which also sidelined him for both games against Rosenborg in the last round.

AEK have a narrow advantage after securing a potentially-vital away goal in Parkhead earlier this week.

However, The Record claims that Dembele is fit enough to make the trip to Greece next week for the 'massive' showdown.

 

If true, it's a stunning development for Brendan Rodgers's side, who need all the firepower they can get.

Odsonne Edouard is in great form, but Dembele, who has scored goals in the Champions League group stages in recent years, has a bit more experience than his compatriot and Celtic's hopes of progressing might well hinge on his availability.

The former Fulham star will not be available for this afternoon's trip to Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

Progression on Tuesday will see Rodgers's side reach the fourth and final round of Champions League qualifiers, putting them potentially 180 minutes away from reaching the group phase for the third season on the spin.

Moussa Dembele scores his 2nd goal (Celtic's 4th) with Nir Bitton during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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