BRENDAN RODGERS is confident Moussa Dembele will break the 30-goal barrier this season.

The Celtic striker came off the substitutes’ bench yesterday to launch a hat-trick beyond St Johnstone keeper Zander Clark as the Hoops came back from 2-1 down to win 5-2.

Dembele, returning after a knee problem, took his season’s tally to 23 goals and his Hoops boss fully expects him to hit at least 30.

Rodgers said: “Yes, I think he will do it. We still have a lot of games and we create a lot of chances.

“That was the objective when I came in, to be attack-minded. If he puts the chances away, then he should hit 30.

“The speculation doesn’t affect him. He knows he is at a club he wants to be at and you see the difference when you have a No.9.

“We put him on. He could never start the game, but we thought we could give us half-an-hour and he could come on and help the team.”

Rodgers also praised Scott Sinclair who claimed his 16th goal of the campaign and his 14th in the Premiership to make him the division’s top scorer.

The Parkhead gaffer added: “I have been asked if I have surprised by his goals, but I haven’t.

“He scored 27 for me when he was a young boy in the Championship to get us promoted. He scored nine in seven games for Swansea in the Premier League.

““He has a hunger to score goals and is very robust and with a smile on his face. His pace and power in the middle to top was one of the things missing from the team when I came in and he brings that.”


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