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DEMBELE’S EURO GOAL TARGET

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MOUSSA DEMBELE has Astana in his sights as he prepares for the second leg of the Champions League qualifier at Parkhead tomorrow night.

The 20-year-old French striker, who arrived from Fulham in June, is determined to open his Hoops scoring account after firing blanks in his previous three competitive appearances.

Dembele admitted: “I understand that people are expecting from me and I understand what they are expecting from me. But they have to be patient and I have to be patient, as well.

“I want things to come quickly – and so do others – but it can be hard. I just want to produce good games for the team and, hopefully, everything will go well.

“I’m settling into the team and that’s what it’s all about for me, the success of the team.

“If I score, that would be good for me, but it’s all about the team, getting the right result. It’s not about me.

“I feel as though I’m getting fitter and sharper with every game I play and it bodes well for the season.

“It almost feels as though we’re still in pre-season and are getting fitness up game by game for the challenges which are coming.

“The boys have been great with me and have helped me settle into the club. There is no problem between them and me. They understand me and I understand them, so it’s good.

“I haven’t got a house yet. I’m still looking for a place to live
, but Glasgow is a very good city that I’m enjoying and the most important thing for me is the football. Nothing else really matters.

“Wednesday night is a huge game for us as players and for the club. But most 
importantly for me is that the team wins because we really want to progress.”

As the Hoops prepare for the return leg with the tie poised at 1-1, Dembele also preiased his strike partner Leigh Griffiths.

He added: “Leigh has started the season really well, but he showed his quality last term with the amount of goals he scored. It’s good for me to play
 alongside him, just as it is for him to play alongside me.

“The fans expect many goals from us this season and they are right. We have to show that we can play well together.”

 
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