Karamoko Dembele marks his Celtic return with a goal
Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembele was the name on everybody’s lips at the end of last season. The attacker, who is only 16, made his Hoops first-team debut in the last league game of the season against Hearts.
He impressed in that game, and didn’t seem overawed by the occasion. Unfortunately, a foot injury at the start of this season halted his progression.
Returned in style
But now he has returned from injury, and he has returned in style. He made a second-half appearance for Celtic reserves in their reserve cup group stage match against Morton on Tuesday.
After coming on as a substitute in the 63rd minute, it took him just over 20 minutes to get back into the groove, as his late goal sealed a 4-2 win for the Hoops.
87’ – @kdembele_10! ⚽️
Back on the pitch and back doing what he does best! Dembele finds the bottom corner from close-range ✅
CEL 4️⃣-2️⃣ MOR pic.twitter.com/wxnY5kb2QW
— Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) September 24, 2019
It is a good sign for the player that he is back in goalscoring form so soon after returning from an injury which kept him out of action for over a month.
Could well return to first-team squad
Dembele will presumably a few games in the reserves to get back to fitness. However, once he is fully fit, there is no reason he cannot be included in the first-team squad going forward.
Celtic might have a lot of attacking players in their squad at the moment. However, Dembele has the youth factor on his side.
Hopefully he will get another run out in the Hoops first-team sooner rather than later. Celtic are set to have a very busy schedule over the next few months, every player will be required to put a shift in. That could include Dembele.