MOUSSA DEMBELE took only four minutes to head past former team-mate Scott Bain as Lyon beat Neil Lennon’s side 2-1 last night.
And afterwards the former favourite insisted he was STILL a huge Celtic fan.
Dembele spent two prolific years in the east end of Glasgow after arriving from Fulham in the summer of 2016 as one of Brendan Rodgers’ first signings for the club. He returned to his homeland in June 2018 in a £19.8million switch.
He made a quickfire impact in Lennon’s side’s second warm-up game across the channel and Memphis Dupay added a second before the interval. It was left to Mohamed Elyounoussi to hit the consolation goal for the visitors with a superb solo run and excellent finish near the end.
Dembele, speaking to the Sunday Mail,, admitted: “My story at Celtic was good, I think. We won titles, we won matches, we one derbies. I grew as a man and as a footballer, which is the most important thing.
“All stages are important, but it is true that my time there was the first time that I went to a new dimension and I still thank the club for everything they gave me.
“Celtic is a very big club, not just in Scotland, but in Europe. I think that they are known as one of the most supported clubs in the world – and they prove it.
“I still support the club.
“I still know 90 per cent of the squad, there have been some new arrivals, but 90 per cent of the team is the same as when I was there, I am still in contact with them.
“But we are Lyon, we don’t have any friendly matches, we go on to the pitch to win and impose our style of play quite simply. Despite spending two fantastic years there, I am a Lyon player and give my all.”