Video: Celtic B starlet Karamoko Dembele rinses 2 rival players in brilliant clip
Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele yesterday produced a superb assist in the Glasgow Cup semi-final against Rangers B at Auchenhowie.
The Hoops starlets would come up short on the day at the Rangers Training Centre – succumbing to a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat after a hard-fought 2-2 draw.
However, by far the most electric piece of play yesterday came from Dembele, who played the vast majority of the semi-final. And his performance was capped off by a tremendous assist as he burned 2 rival players and crossed for Ben Summers to prod home:
It was absolutely wonderful stuff from the Parkhead talent. You can see exactly why Ange Postecoglou has been keen to get him in and around the first-team in the past.
Granted, it’s a shame that Celtic couldn’t go on and finish the job. That’s now 3 straight defeats to our rivals at B team level – a trend that certainly isn’t welcome for any Celtic side.
Karamoko has made 2 cameo appearances for the first-team in 2022 after recovering from ankle surgery earlier in the season.
Karamoko Dembele looks all but set to make an impression when he gets his Celtic chance
It’s interesting to note that Karamoko looked like being a first-team regular this season before his injury. Ange appeared to be lining him up for a big push this summer before the setback. Since then, the manager hasn’t seemed too keen on throwing him immediately back in.
You can understand that of course. Liel Abada and Jota have now become Celtic’s main recognised wingers. Not to mention Daizen Maeda and James Forrest are also available for selection. Karamoko didn’t have to contend with such competition before his ankle injury.
Now, we remain in the middle of a title race. Yes, Celtic are favourites. Yes, the job should be done within a matter of weeks. But now isn’t really the time to be chopping and changing the starting XI. Especially when it comes to bringing up players from the B team.
Should Celtic win the league title over the next couple of weeks then that’s a different matter. All of a sudden, there would be a demand to give opportunities to those in the B team or struggling for minutes from the bench.
Karamoko would be one of those players. The above clip is yet another example of him producing the outrageous at youth team level, and it’s time we saw some of that potential in the first-team.
With a contract that expires in the summer however? Unless he commits, it’ll remain difficult for Ange to invest his trust in him.
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