John Hartson revealed that he thought Moussa Dembele was a top-class young striker and suggested that the 21-year-old should aspire to be like Henrik Larsson and Ian Wright.
The former Hoops striker shared that he had never doubted Dembele’s ability to play at the top level, as he believes the forward is the complete player.
“For me, Moussa has always been a top-class young striker,” said Hartson as quoted by the Herald Scotland.
“I think he has everything, he is a big, powerful lump of a boy and I think that he has improved on is being able to use that bulk to his advantage.
“He has pace, he can score, he has power.
“He has the temperament for the big occasion and I honestly believe that he could play at the very top level, I have never doubted that.”
Dembele has made 31 appearances for the Bhoys this season, scoring 13 goals, while creating eight.
Despite already impressing Hartson, the Celtic legend advised the 21-year-old forward to look at the likes of Wright and Larsson as potential role models.
“Look at what Henrik Larsson did at Celtic,” stated Hartson.
“And he did not do that just over the course of a season or a good spell here and there, he did it consistently, year in, year out.
“People used to ask me about Henrik and whether or not he could go and do it elsewhere and having played with the Ian Wrights of this world I didn’t need to be told how good Henrik was.”
“And that is the example that Moussa should be looking at. These players like Henrik and Ian they did throughout their entire career, the goals were there all the way through and for me that is the hallmark of a truly top player.”
If Dembele could replicate the careers Larsson or Wright had, then the 21-year-old would be very happy with himself. The Celtic forward clearly wants to achieve great things in the game, which causes many to worry about whether his long-term future is in Scotland, and Hartson has named two good examples for him to follow. Dembele was excellent during the Old Firm derby on Sunday and his recent form suggests that he is back to his best. This season has been difficult for the 21-year-old as he hasn’t been able, for whatever reason, to be as prolific as he was during the Hoops’ last campaign.