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Rodgers has no complaints about Dembele's focus amid transfer talk

By Ronnie Esplin

Brendan Rodgers has stressed that Moussa Dembele is "fully committed" to Celtic and that the club have no interest in selling the striker.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has sat on the bench for the last two matches after Rodgers conceded that he had been affected by speculation.

Dembele, who signed from Fulham in 2016, has been linked with Crystal Palace and Brighton but, ahead of tomorrow's visit of Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership, manager Rodgers moved to dispel the uncertainty surrounding the player.

"Moussa has never once asked to leave Celtic," he said. "We brought him here as a talented young player at 19 and he has shown that talent.

"He has come in with a plan: his agent, himself and I know what the plan was but he has never asked once to leave.

"He is fully committed to Celtic. We have had one official bid for him that is nowhere near the value of what the value of Moussa is. But equal to that, we have no interest in selling him.

"He is not a player for sale, he has two-and-a-half years left on his contract.

"He has trained, he is working well, is working hard and he is available. That's as clear as I can be. In defence of the player, because it is important for supporters to understand, this is a boy that is fully committed to Celtic."

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