Lyon manager Peter Bosz has played down talk of losing former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele for the clash with Rangers.

The Dutch manager was speaking ahead of the Europa League clash at Ibrox with star striker Dembele ruled out due to “muscle discomfort”.

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Lyon manager Peter Bosz has played down the absence of £20m striker Moussa Dembele against Rangers. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Whilst plenty of Gers fans would’ve been delighted to put the Frenchman back in his place after his goalscoring exploits against weakened Gers teams, this means Dembele isn’t part of the travelling party to Glasgow.

But Bosz – who took Bayer Leverkusen to Ibrox in the Europa League in March 2020 – claims that he trusts the other players in the side, even if he may be forced to change his system.

“Dembele was on form and he scored a lot of goals and he is important,” said Bosz [BT].

“But we have more good players and I will pick somebody else for that position tomorrow who can also score goals and is a good player also.

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“We have different possibilities. We can change the system, we can change the players. I trust the players I have.”

The striker berth is likely to be filled by either Cameroonian international Karl Toko Ekambi or Algerian striker Islam Slimani.

However, there is little doubt that losing Dembele – who moved to Lyon from Celtic in a near £20m deal in 2018 – takes something away from the match.

 

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has also been discussing Dembele’s absence ahead of the match and he appeared to echo Bosz’s view that Lyon have more than enough options up top.

“I think this club and this team knows more than most the abilities and quality that he possesses,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“He has obviously started reasonably well and he has gone to Lyon and built on his career at Celtic, gone to the next step into one of the top-five leagues in the world and produced so I have a lot of respect for the player in terms of his technical quality and ability.

“But I don’t really get involved in opinions of whether Lyon will be weaker or stronger because they have players capable of coming in, they have talent all over the pitch, especially in the front-four positions.

“So it would be very naive for me to think Lyon are going to be any weaker just because one player is missing.”

Rangers fans however have had plenty to say about Moussa’s absence and are convinced the player isn’t so brave now he’s playing a stronger Ibrox side.

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