Moussa back in frame for Hoops

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

MOUSSA Dem­bele staked his claim for a start­ing spot against Ross County this week­end with a hat-trick on in­ter­na­tional duty.

The striker, who has strug­gled with in­jury this sea­son, scored three times in 11 min­utes as France U/21s came from be­hind to beat their Slove­nian coun­ter­parts.

Af­ter slot­ting home a 3 4 t h - m i n u t e p e n a l t y, Dem­bele volleyed in at the far post be­fore a stun­ning curl­ing ef­fort on the brink of half-time se­cured the win for France and a tre­ble be­fore the break.

It was a wel­come re­turn to form for the striker, who ear­lier in the month missed the cut from Di­dier Deschamps’ fi­nal na­tional squad for friendlies with Wales and Germany this week.

Dem­bele has suf­fered with in­jury prob­lems so far in his sec­ond sea­son at Park­head and has only made 12 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions, scor­ing six goals.

How­ever, his hat-trick could see him edge Leigh Grif­fiths to a start­ing spot this week­end and against Paris St Ger­main next week in the Cham­pi­ons League.

De­fender Mikael Lustig was also i n ac­tion on Mon­day night, help­ing Swe­den keep a sec­ond suc­ces­sive clean sheet to book a place in next year’s World Cup by edg­ing Italy 1-0 over two legs.

Lustig posted j ubi­lant videos of him and his team-mates cel­e­brat­ing the vic­tory i n the chang­ing rooms in Mi­lan, and cap­tioned a pic­ture with “(I can) find no words”.

Celtic’s Moussa Dem­bele scored a hat-trick for France U/21s against Slove­nia.

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