MOUSSA DEMBELE believes he was fortunate to leave Hampden with both legs intact after Celtic’s 2-0 Betfred Cup Final victory over Motherwell. The incident is strangely overlooked in the Scottish media this morning as is the celebrations after the match.
Red card all day pic.twitter.com/GyzS43IHH2
— tam sellics son (@gibbygibbo1) November 26, 2017
The powerful hitman slotted in a second-half spot-kick to seal the win that took the Hoops’ League Cup total to 17.
But Dembele looked as though he might not take any part of the Hampden occasion following a 13th-minute lunge by fellow-Frenchman Cedric Kipre.
The Well defender was later sent off for pulling back Scotty Sinclair that brought the second goal for Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles.
Taking to Twitter following the club’s fourth successive silverware success, Dembele described the incident in somewhat flippant manner.
He tweeted: “Another trophy, another win. Almost lost my leg there, but we’re still unbeaten. Onto the next one, thanks for your support Bhoys and Ghirls you were brilliant.”
Dembele was left in a heap when Kipre recklessly put in an over-the-ball challenge and Rodgers immediately sent out Leigh Griffiths to warm up.
Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton, commenting for BT Sport, said: “It was 100 per cent a red card. He is endangering an opponent, it was a disgraceful tackle.”
Fortunately, Dembele carried on, maintained his Betfred League Cup scoring run and eventually came off just after the hour mark to make way for Griffiths.
LISBON LION Jim Craig is the very special guest on the new CQN Podcast – out now!
Jim releases his new book, Right Back to 67, The Lisbon Lion Diary next week and we are pretty confident that this will be regarded as one of the classic Celtic books of all time.
There has been so much written about 1967 in some very fine books to-date but nothing like this. Jim kept a diary of his time at Celtic and in Right Back to 67 he is able to provide the authentic, inside story. It really is too good to miss.
You can order the book now from CQNBookstore.com and you will receive a signed copy. You can also add a personal dedication which is ideal for a Christmas gift. Simply email email@example.com with your dedication after you have ordered and Jim will sort this for you next week.
Jim Craig joined Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham to discuss the Lisbon Lions’ 50th anniversary celebrations in a year which also saw Celtic winning an invincible treble, a prestigious award from FIFA naming their fans as the best in the world, and even a BAFTA!
In this emotional interview, Jim reminisces about Jock Stein, Billy McNeill, Neilly Mochan, Bertie Auld, Tommy Gemmell, Joe McBride and George Connelly.
He also discusses his latest book, his magnificent Lisbon Lion Diary: Right Back to ’67. This memoir is a real fly-on-the-wall recollection of events from 50 years ago, brought to life by Jim Craig’s intelligent and humorous brand of storytelling. Order HERE.
ORDER YOUR SIGNED COPY OF JIM CRAIG – RIGHT BACK TO 67, A LISBON LION DIARY TODAY!