Football

Moussa Dembele Among Illustrious Company in UEFA Golden Boy Shortlist

Moussa Dembele Among Illustrious Company in UEFA Golden Boy Shortlist

Moussa Dembele has made the shortlist for UEFA’s 2016 Golden Boy award.

The Celtic attacker already has reason to be happy after hitting two goals in his side’s 3-3 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League last night.

But he’ll be even more delighted to find out that he’s been nominated on the 40-man shortlist for UEFA’s Golden Boy award for 2016.

There are a whole host of top players on the list, including Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Tottenham’s Dele Alli, Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.

And Dembele’s inclusion will be a big boost for Celtic and Scottish football considering their young players are regularly overlooked when it comes to lists recognising the top talent in European football.

Full list

Dele Alli (Tottenham), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Leon Bailey (Racing Genk), Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax), Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Luna (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Gabriel Barbosa (Inter Milan), Alexsandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Goncalo Guedes (Benfica), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Alen Halilovic (Hamburg), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Victor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Nathan (Vitesse), Olivier Ntcham (Genoa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Ruben Neves (Porto), Toni Sanabria (Real Betis), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Almamy Toure (Monaco)

It’s unlikely that the Frenchman – who moved north from Fulham in the summer – will take the top award, but even being nominated is impressive.

Dembele has 12 goals in 16 games since arriving at Parkhead and last night’s performance saw him take his recent record to five goals in three matches.

Chris Sutton has even compared him to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Brendan Rodgers will have done a good job if he can keep him at the club over the coming seasons.


YOU’LL LOVE OUR PODCAST

We talk Aberdeen v Rangers, what it means for Mark Warburton, Celtic, Killie, wonder goals and much more in this week’s podcast.

We also chat to ex-Hearts and Dundee United defender Ryan McGowan on life in Scotland and China:

More in Football

Hearts Fans Rave About Liam Boyce and Toby Sibbick After Rangers Victory

Daniel CawJanuary 26, 2020

Aberdeen Fans Start ‘#McInnesOut’ Trending on Twitter After Saints Draw

Daniel CawJanuary 26, 2020

Video: Steven Gerrard ‘Shocked’ By Hearts Defeat, Didn’t Recognise Rangers

Daniel CawJanuary 26, 2020

Video: Leigh Griffiths Says There’s Nothing Better Than Shutting Critics Up

Daniel CawJanuary 24, 2020

Steven Gerrard Gives Positive Update On Jermain Defoe’s Rangers Future

Daniel CawJanuary 24, 2020

Italian Media Claims Manchester United Are Considering Re-Signing Carlos Tevez

Daniel CawJanuary 23, 2020

Scott Brown Says Rivals Would Be Calling For Him to be Banned If He Committed Alan Power Tackle

Daniel CawJanuary 23, 2020

Video: Gerrard Accepts Fans’ Frustration But Insist’s He’s ‘Absolutely Delighted’ with Win Over St Mirren

Daniel CawJanuary 22, 2020

Video: Neil Lennon Delivers Positive Injury Update on Jeremie Frimpong

Daniel CawJanuary 22, 2020