Brendan Rodgers, Celtic land Moussa Dembele on free transfer

Brendan Rodgers have worked some magic to bring a difference maker to Paradise.

Fulham’s French whiz kid Moussa Dembele is off to Scotland, eschewing Premier League interest to join up with the perennial Scottish champions.

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The 19-year-old is coming off a 17-goal season for Fulham in a year where the Cottagers didn’t do much well. He made two PL appearances in 2013 at age 17 before Fulham was relegated to the Championship.

What a coup for Rodgers, the ex-Liverpool and new Celtic boss who will be at the helm for a fierce rivalry with Rangers. Players like Dembele could make a major difference in whether the Old Firm is topped by green or blue.

And for Dembele, it’s almost guaranteed playing time in the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round in mid-July.