MOUSSA DEMBELE’S love affair with the Betfred League Cup continued when he netted Celtic’s second goal with a penalty-kick in the 2-0 triumph over Motherwell.
The French striker has now played in six ties in the competition – and scored in every one.
Dembele started as he meant to go on in August last year when he claimed two – one from the spot – in the Hoops’ 5-0 win over Motherwell on August 10 last year.
He also lashed in the killer second goal as the Hoops overcame plucky Alloa 2-0 at Parkhead on September 21.
Just over a month later, the hitman rattled in the late winner against Rangers in a 1-0 victory in the semi-final at Hampden.
Dembele returned to the national stadium on November 27 and rolled in a penalty-kick past Joe Lewis as Brendan Rodgers’ men lifted the 100th trophy in their history with a 3-0 Final success over Aberdeen.
The bargain £500,000 Development Fee purchase from Fulham kept the running going in this season’s semi-final against Hibs.
He came on as a 61st-minute substitute for Leigh Griffiths and tucked two behind keeper Ross Laidlaw in the holders’ dramatic 4-2 victory.
And he maintained his 100 per cent record with his unerring spot-kick past Well keeper Trevor Carson at Hampden yesterday as the champions stretched their incredible unbeaten domestic sequence to 65 games.
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 is on fine form in the Podcast too, you’ll love it.
A Celtic State of Mind presents its 25th instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning invincible Scottish champions.
Jim Craig joined Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham in the Tolbooth Studios in Stirling 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.
The CQN Podcast has gone from strength-to-strength over the last few months, and there are many more guests lined up in the months ahead from the world of sport, music, film, art, broadcasting, literature and politics.
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ORDER YOUR SIGNED COPY OF JIM CRAIG – RIGHT BACK TO 67, A LISBON LION DIARY TODAY!