Winning a cup semi-final is always special, winning after scoring four goals adds to the achievement but when your third and fourth goals are scored by a substitute, then that’s icing on the cake!
However, the goal scoring substitute wasn’t just any old player, it was the big game hunter himself Moussa Dembele.
Since pulling a hamstring in the semi-final of last years Scottish Cup semi-final, Moussa has been on a long road to recovery, nurtured all the way by Brendan and his medical team.
Over the last few weeks, he’s gradually got more game time, and last week in Munich you could see his movement, touch and strength returning.
So much so, you sort of knew when Moussa was introduced as a second half substitute for the tired Leigh Griffiths on Saturday, he would make a difference. In all fairness to Leigh, he’s played so much football, with club and internationals these last few weeks. he must be glad to an extent to have some help up front.
It’s difficult when you’re the one expected to score in every game, especially at a club like Celtic.
The timing of Moussa’s return couldn’t be any better for the Bhoys either, with Saturday’s semi-final followed by a top of the table clash with Aberdeen on Wednesday, then a home game against Kilmarnock, before we entertain Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
These are the type of games Dembele thrives in. His record in the ‘big games’ is superb. The bigger the occasion, the more chance he’ll score.
Whether Brendan will take the chance of starting Moussa on Wednesday remains to be seen, but he will be involved at some point. He’s gradually getting back to full fitness and there’s nothing better than scoring goals to give any striker a boost.
Welcome back the big game Bhoy!