LEIGH GRIFFITHS applauded the performance of Moussa Dembele for his part in the 4-0 thrashing of Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The Scotland international, just two goals short of the magical ton for the Hoops, replaced the French striker late in the game at Hampden.

Griffiths said: “With that display, Moussa showed he is one of the top young talents in Europe. He bullied their centre-halves and he was unplayable, and his penalty just summed the guy up.

“It doesn’t matter how big the occasion is, he is always calm. I thought he was exceptional. He never gave the Rangers defence a minute’s peace.

“He has that in the locker and when he is in the mood like that he is a joy to watch.”

Dembele got the nod ahead of Griffiths to lead the line against Graeme Murty’s team.

Once again, the former Fulham frontman excelled against the Light Blues, netting his seventh goal against them inside two seasons.

The French Under-21 attacker marked his Old Firm debut with a blistering hat-trick in the Hoops’ 5-1 win at Parkhead last season.

He also claimed the winner in the League Cup semi-final against the Ibrox side and fired in another in the 2-1 Hogmanay victory.

Last month, he netted the second equaliser in the 3-2 win and it all points to Dembele again being in pole position when the teams meet once more at Parkhead a week on Sunday.

* Griffiths was speaking to The Celtic View, on sale now.

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