Celtic issue statement on decision to sell Moussa Dembele

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"CELTIC tonight can confirm that the club has accepted an offer from Lyon for the transfer of striker Moussa Dembele", a statement read on their official website.

With the European transfer deadline approaching, the French striker posted a graphic with the words: "A man, without his word, is nothing. A real man keeps his word", and "A lie has many variations, the truth has none".

Don't get it wrong Bhoys and Ghirls nothing to do with people who really care about the club CelticFC too much love and respect you and respect for you and the crest #CarefulWhoYoucallTheLeaderOfYours.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers earlier revealed Dembele would play no part in the first Old Firm derby of the season, and the Frenchman now seems set to seal his desired move to Ligue 1.

One tweet Dembele liked came from a French media outlet which claimed Rodgers had told Dembele in January that Brighton were a better club than Celtic and tried to convince him to join West Brom.

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"It is vital to make clear that we have never promised any player that he can leave the Club at a particular time". "It has never happened".

"However, this particular decision to accept this offer has been taken in order to serve the best interests of the first-team squad".

The French U-21 worldwide has been subject to interest from both Lyon and Marseille towards the end of this transfer window, and the prospect of a move seemed likely earlier this week.

Dembele, who has scored an impressive 26 times for Celtic in 55 showings, was present for training this morning but left fifteen minutes into the session after a short chat with Rodgers. They had to punt him now.

"Another tweet liked by Dembele and posted by BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton was even less subtle: ".@btsportfootball Moussa Dembele clearly calling out Brendan Rodgers.