Mousa Dembele became the first player since 1973 to score a hat-trick in the Old Firm derby, as Celtic took a convincing 5-1 win over Rangers on Saturday at Celtic Park.
The 20-year-old Frenchman joined the Scottish champions in the summer from Fulham, as the Scots try to get back to becoming a regular Champions League side.
Dembele scored the two opening goals of the game in the 33rd and 42nd minute, as Celtic went into halftime with a 2-1 lead after a late goal by Joe Garner. Celtic went up 3-1 through Scott Sinclair in the 61st minute before Dembele completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute. Stuart Armstrong made it 5-1 in stoppage time.
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The win sees Celtic stay perfect, with four wins in four matches, as they sit at the top of the table. They have a two-point lead over second-placed Hearts with a game in hand. Next up for Celtic is a meeting with Spanish giants Barcelona on Tuesday in the Champions League. Dembele is positive that they can go to Spain and put in a good performance.
“We are going there to give everything and try to get a result,” Dembele told the club’s official website. “When you start a game of football, even if it’s against the best team in the world, you have to go there and show what we can do and give everything to try and get a result.”
Celtic takes on Barcelona at Camp Nou, while the other two teams in Group C, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach meet up in England.