By: Mark Henderson in Slovenia on 06 Jul, 2016 09:31
NEW Bhoy Moussa Dembele is excited at the prospect of reviving his partnership with former Fulham team-mate, Patrick Roberts in a Celtic shirt.
The attacking duo came through the ranks at the West London club together, before Roberts departed to Manchester City and then made his 18-month loan move to the Scottish champions.
But following the arrival at Celtic of the highly-rated Dembele on a four-year contract - the first signing of the Brendan Rodgers era - the talented duo will team up again in Paradise during the coming campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV, Dembele said: “It will be nice to play alongside him again. I hope we can link up together. We grew up together at Fulham where we were doing some good stuff and I hope we can produce that again at Celtic.
“I spoke to him before I joined Celtic and he told me about the club and everything. He just said it’s a massive club and the fans are unbelievable and always behind the team. He also says that it’s a good team that likes to play football and that’s what I like to do, so hopefully I can help the team to progress.”
Dembele and Roberts could have their first opportunity to feature together for the Hoops later today (Wednesday) when Celtic face Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubljana.
The French youngster has yet to feature for Brendan Rodgers’ side after only joining up with the squad at the pre-season training camp in Maribor late last week.
But he has quickly settled into his surroundings and been working rigorously to regain his match sharpness so he can quickly make a contribution.
The striker said: “I have found it very good as the boys are very friendly and I'm settling in well. I am enjoying training but I am still getting fitness and it’s all about getting that and being ready for the season.
“I have found the boys very good and they have obviously been training more than me but it’s a nice team and we are just getting ready for the challenges to come.
“I am training twice a day and it’s all about fitness and getting ready and I hope to have some game-time so I can be ready for the Champions League next week.”
Celtic face Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubljana today, Wednesday, July 6 (KO: 6pm Celtic Park time). You can watch the match LIVE on Celtic TV. For more details click here