FORMER Celtic striker Frank McGarvey believes the Hoops can’t risk rushing Moussa Dembele back into action.
The ex-Scotland international has urged Brendan Rodgers not to put the club’s Champions League place at stake by gambling on the fitness of the 32-goal frontman.
Dembele’s season is almost certainly over after he limped out of the Scottish Cup semi-final win on Sunday with a hamstring injury.
McGarvey reckons the Hoops must resist the calls to attempt to get the French Under-21 ace back in time for the Cup Final against Aberdeen at Hampden on May 27.
With the club’s crucial Champions League qualifiers due on July 11 or 12, McGarvey said: “With a hamstring injury, even when you first think the injury is okay, you really have to leave it another 10 days just to be sure.
“If you come back too soon from that kind of injury then you can end up being out for another five or six weeks.
“It’s so important they can get him clear of this injury so he can start next season fresh. Celtic will need him to do what he does.
“The club should not be taking any risks.”