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Watch: Celtic's Moussa Dembele Scores Brilliant Hat-trick For French U-21s

Watch: Celtic's Moussa Dembele Scores Brilliant Hat-trick For French U-21s

With such an abundance of attacking talent available to Didier Deschamps in the French senior set up, the underage equivalents tend to contain a high-standard all of their own.

Four wins from four became five from five tonight as they overcame a Slovenian side that had taken an early lead through Milan Tučić.

A scoreline that would have seen Slovenia take top spot in Group 9, it took the rapid intervention of a young French star to shift the game back in visitors' favour.

Despite being only 21 years of age, Moussa Dembele has made an impact at Celtic that has seen him quickly become an indispensable element of Brendan Rodgers' record-breaking side.

With the French U-21s tonight, he delivered some of that magic in condensed time; a match-winning hat-trick scored in only 12 minutes.

Winning his own penalty with a quick dart toward the box, his first of the night was probably his least convincing.

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Very nearly kept out by the Slovenian 'keeper, Dembele quickly got into his groove. After a wonderfully weighted cross found it's way to the back post, Dembele's movement was matched only by his composed finished into the near corner.

The best was yet to come for the young Frenchman however.

With half-time almost among them, Dembele received the ball in a seemingly innocuous position. Surrounded by Slovenian defenders (and midfielders, and maybe even a few forwards by the looks of it), Dembele shifted his body just enough to open up an angle.

His finish did not disappoint.

Looking like a veritable man among boys, performances such as this are sure to be viewed carefully by Deschamps.

While breaking into the senior squad may realistically require a move away from Celtic Park for the former Fulham man, the future is certainly looking bright for French football.

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