CELTIC striker Moussa Dembele and former Rangers winger Alejandro Bedoya have been named as two of the 'most important players on the planet'.

The two Old Firm stars of past and present were included as new entries in World Soccer magazine's list of the top 500 players in the world. 

Dembele joined the Hoops from Fulham last summer and has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Parkhead, scoring 32 goals for Brendan Rodgers' side in all competitions. 

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The 20-year-old is described by the magazine as 'one of the brightest prospects in the European game' and 'already Celtic's star man.'

USA international Bedoya spent the 2011/12 season at Ibrox, but only managed to notch one goal in 13 appearances for the Light Blues. 

The 30-year-old has since gone on to star in MLS for Philadelphia Union after three years in France with Nantes and has racked up 60 caps for his country. 

Selection for the list is based on players falling into five different criteria:

"1. In-form players who have been making headlines in the 2016-17 season.

"2. The young talents who have earned rave reviews in the past year.

"3. The internationals who are key figures for their respective national sides in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers

"4. PLayers who are likely to be key figures in the summer transfer market.

"5. Those genuine world-class players who regularly feature in World XIs."