Glasgow Rangers legend Ally McCoist has rubbished claims that Glasgow Celtic star Moussa Dembele is worth £40million.
The 20-year-old has been in sensational form this season – netting 29 goals in 37 appearances for the Bhoys since his free transfer from English Championship side Fulham last summer.
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Due to these performances the 20-year-old striker has attracted the attention from some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the in-form attacker, but the former Scotland international does not believe that the Paris Saint Germain academy graduate is worth the amounts some are suggesting.
“Celtic will certainly cash in on him, there’s no doubt about that, but I’m not in the £30 million or £40m brigade if you can spare me that”, the 54-year-old told the Daily Record.
“He might develop into a player of that value. I like him a lot, he can finish. He’s got a good physical presence and movement. But realistically he’s not worth that.
“He’s certainly the most valuable player in the country. He’s young and will naturally progress. He’ll take part in the game more.
“He’s very much a finisher and concentrates on his finishing which is good but other parts of his game will develop.”
McCoist’s former club take on their bitter Glasgow rivals Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday, a venue they were on the receiving end of a 5-1 drubbing at in September, and a side they have failed to beat this season.
During the first Scottish Premier League Old Firm clash for four years – in which Rangers were demolished and outclassed by the Hoops, Dembele recorded the first hat-trick in the fixture for 43 years.
Since then, the immensely talented starlet has netted in every meeting between the two sides, and will be on look out to impose more pain to the blue half of Scotland’s second city this weekend.
“It says a lot about his mentality that he’s scored in every Old Firm game. It’s difficult to maintain that level of quality of finishing regardless of the opposition,” the former Gers manager added.
“If you look at his goals – particularly in Old Firm games – they’ve all been different.
“Headers from corners, turning Philippe Senderos at Parkhead. He’s not a one trick pony and I like that about him.”