MOUSSA DEMBELE was today named as the SPFL Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Player of the Month Award for February, to the surprise of no-one.
The sensational 20 year old French striker has been banging in goals for fun all season and is set to break all sorts of records himself personally and help his teammates do the same.
Most goals for Celtic in a debut season is perhaps the personal goal for the player who is rumoured to be on the shopping lists of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, PSG, Chelsea and many more.
Not that that will bother Dembele who has indicated that he’s perfectly happy in the Hoops and may even see out his full four year contract at Celtic.
Reflecting on his Player of the Month Award, surely to be followed by a clean sweep in the forthcoming Player of the Year awards, Dembele said today:
“I was happy with my form and the team performances were great as well. We won every game and we are closer to the title.
“I have developed a lot from the first day I came in here. I have learned a lot alongside the manager and the players here.
“It’s been a good season so far for me and the Celtic team.
“I can’t say one aspect of my game has improved more than the other one. I am young so I try to learn from everyone and every aspect of the game is important.
“Until the end of the season, it’s not finished, so I try to think every game is a new challenge and I try to give 100 per cent in every game. I will score as many goals as I can but I will just take myself game-by-game.
“I just focus on my football and we will see what happens at the end. Football is the only thing on my mind. I just have to keep going and working the way I am.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s match against Sevco Rangers, the striker, who has a handful of goals against them so far this season, is looking for more of the same.
“I’m looking forward to the game like I look forward to any other game this season.
“It’s another game of football and we have to make sure we prepare like any other game and be ready.
“There’s no extra pressure to put on ourselves.
“I just treat the game as a normal game of football.
“I love the atmosphere of the big games and I’m always ready for it.
“As a young kid you dream about being part of these big games.
“I just enjoy the moment, give 100 per cent and show people what I can do on the pitch.
Of course Sevco’s first ever visit to Parkhead back in September was a memorable day for Dembele, who replaced an injury Leigh Griffiths in the starting line-up and announced his arrival properly at Celtic with a wonderful hat-trick.
“It was a big moment in my Celtic career.
“It was my first hat-trick as a professional footballer and my first league goals for Celtic, so it was a good day to remember.
“But it’s gone now and we have another game on Sunday.”