Celtic boss hopes Dembele can follow in footsteps of Wayne Rooney

By John Reid

June 25, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed that he will have no qualms about throwing Karamoko Dembele into the Hoops first-team next season.

He feels that the player is now first-team ready, and hopes that he can take from the example shown by Wayne Rooney, who made his Everton debut as a 16-year-old.

“Karamoko is certainly part of the first-team squad just now” Lennon said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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“We have to be very mindful”

“We have to be very mindful of his age and his development. Wayne Rooney was one who made his debut at 16 too. But he’s a very talented player and one that I think should be mixing with the first team now.”

Dembele made his Hoops debut in the final league game of the season, the 2-1 win over Hearts. He also featured in the squad which won the Scottish Cup Final.

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Could be a regular next season

As Lennon says, Celtic have to be careful with Demeble as he is still at the beginning of his career. However, the fact that he is part of the first-team squad shows that he could feature for Celtic most weeks next season.

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Most of those performances will probably come off the bench you would think. But perhaps by the end of the season Dembele could establish himself as a first-team regular.

It will be interesting to see how often he features in Celtic’s tour of Austria. If he plays in most of the games, it could be an indication that Dembele will feature perhaps a lot more than most are expecting next season.