Rangers fans have goading former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele amid reports that the forward has pulled out of the Lyon’s Europa League clash at Ibrox.
The ex-Parkhead star – who moved to the Ligue 1 side for a reported £19.7m in 2018 – is never slow to run his mouth when it comes to Rangers following his spell in Glasgow’s eastend.
Reports in France claiming Moussa Dembele won't travel with Lyon to face Rangers due to a muscle injury.
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— Andrew Maclean (@AndrewMaclean_) September 14, 2021
Moussa Dembele was a consistent thorn in Rangers’ side during a period when the Ibrox club was considerably weaker and very much a wounded animal.
This has meant that the return of the 25-year-old striker to Glasgow has been one of the more interesting subplots heading into the fixture with Gers fans eager to exact some kind of revenge.
But unfortunately, Rangers won’t get the chance to put Dembele back in his place as according to reports in France, the player will not be travelling to Glasgow.
According to Radio Scoop in the player’s homeland, former France U21 international Dembele is suffering “muscular discomfort” ahead of the game.
According to that report, Dembele will also miss Lyon’s crunch clash with Paris Saint Germain this weekend.
The striker has scored four in his last three matches and is considered a very important player for Lyon.
In ordinary circumstances the striker’s absence may well be considered a major boost for the Ibrox side.
But given the eagerness of Gers fans to break the player’s heart, they’ve been goading the striker for not playing through the pain barrier and claim he’s running scared of a proper Ibrox side:
— James (@ImF55linit) September 14, 2021
Predictable as soon as he’s not playing against David Bates and Myles Beerman https://t.co/DwwlpZNUrE
— John (@johnb72_) September 14, 2021
News has just reached the Lyon camp that we no longer have to play Rob Kiernan at centre half… https://t.co/Eh6VUsqdsO
— Lauder. (@JLauder91) September 14, 2021
daftys just heard kiernan n senderos left https://t.co/kPMFQOUiZl
— Dylan Smith (@DylSmith02) September 14, 2021
— sam (@smcg72_) September 14, 2021
Real reason is they were scared of joining Kyogo in Baloguns back pocket https://t.co/cdk6C8H5CR
— Dyl (@dylanm1872) September 14, 2021
Bottled it. https://t.co/Bg59Ksj7cD
— Dougie (@55Beats10) September 14, 2021
Dembele’s just found out Senderos and Kiernan don’t play for Rangers anymore https://t.co/nPOmNrZZTy
— Greg Gibb (@GregGibb95) September 14, 2021
Who wants to crack the Kiernan, Senderos, Russell Martin joke ? https://t.co/quurmCBj9r
— Baldy Bassey 🇬🇧 (@BaldyBassey3) September 14, 2021
Couldn’t handle coming back to Ibrox😂 https://t.co/o0YrmK5VPb
— Shorty (@ShonaMcLean86) September 14, 2021
— Scott (@scottfraser1972) September 14, 2021
There’s been plenty of conflicting information regarding who is and isn’t in the Lyon travelling party and we get the feeling there could some surprises come kick-off.
One player – who in the days leading up to the match had been talking up Ibrox – is also set to reportedly miss the fixture.