Celtic interim boss John Kennedy has cleared up the confusion and worry about Karamoko Dembele’s contract situation at the club.
The initial contract announcement for the young player said it ran until “at least 2021”, leading some to speculate he could leave the Bhoys on a free this summer.
However, as we wrote on 67 Hail Hail last month, online clues led us to believe Dembele’s deal had been quietly extended to 2022.
Now John Kennedy has confirmed his contract runs into next season, telling The Daily Record: “There is a lot of speculation in terms of Karamoko being out of contract in the summer.
“I don’t know where that has come from because he has another year left.
“In terms of him, again a young player, and every young player has a different pathway.
“Karamoko has been spoken about as the next superstar, but people develop physically at different rates. He is probably one who still has a bit of development, but is a terrific talent – we know that.
“It’s not a token gesture, he has done well in training recently.”
Dembele will be delighted to have scored his first Celtic goal last night. Hopefully it’s the first of many.
The young attacker is one of a clutch of talents that any new manager coming into the club would be mad to ignore.
If Eddie Howe, or whoever else, can put faith in young players while playing exciting, winning football, that’s an ideal scenario for every Celtic supporter.
The 18-year-old now has the chance to go on a stake a claim for regular week-to-week action. Then we can see how good he really is.