Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he considered a move for Celtic striking sensation Moussa Dembele during his days at Selhurst Park.

The Scottish champions lured the France under-21 international forward north of the border in the summer, with the attacker a revelation in his first season at Parkhead.

Dembele joined Celtic for a meagre £500,000 due to the Hoops being labelled a ‘foreign’ club in tribunal hearings after the Frenchman’s contract at Fulham ran down.

While other English clubs would have had to pay a lot more to sign the gifted number nine, Brendan Rodgers was astute in finalising a deal for the star.

Pardew, who has subsequently been sacked as Palace boss and replaced by sam Allardyce, confessed that Dembele was a player that he was interested in during his time with the Premier League club.

“Brendan has lots of experience and a confidence about him now and that rubs off on the players like Dembele,” Pardew told the Scottish Sun.

“I saw him many times at Fulham. We talked about him when I was at Palace, but financially we didn’t think we would be able to do it at that time.

“He had great potential, and has fulfilled that to some degree at Celtic. He’s clearly got a very bright future.”

Dembele will be Celtic’s major threat this weekend as the Hoops take on Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday, in what promises to be an explosive affair.


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