England have once again called upon Celtic youth Karamoko Dembele for an under 16 tournament in France.
Scotland have called English born Dembele in the past but his native country seem more keen.
The youth of Ivorian descent has been talked up since his debut for the reserves at 13 two years ago.
Manager Brendan Rodgers also invited the attacker to train with the first team when he first got the job.
However, Rodgers wasn’t entirely happy with Dembele’s early call up to the reserves.
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Dembele was also in the headlines recently after scoring the development side on his first start against Patrick Thistle.
The Celts tore apart Thistle by six goals to nil in the City of Glasgow Cup last week.
Dembele has appeared for the Scotland under 16 side too while continually playing for England at under 15 level.
With the winger’s hot reputation it won’t be long before he’s touted for the senior teams.
That will mean he will have to make a decision between Scotland or England…and Ivory Coast.
Most Celtic fans will want Dembele to play for Scotland to help the dwindling national team.
It will also mean he will probably be staying in the country whenever there is a World Cup.
The result would be he would be available for the future Champions League qualifiers!
However, this is a few years off and of course he will make the decision best for his career.
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Dembele moved to Govan from London, his place of birth, at one year of age with his family.
Dembele has an older brother Siriki who is a bright player at Peterborough United.
He has a younger brother Hassan who is also playing for Celtic with the under nine side.
Scotland now need to pull out all the stops to persuade Dembele to choose Hampden over Wembley.
Alex McLeish is going to have to sit down with the youngster at some point in the near future.
For years Scotland have looked for a truly world class player and it’d just be our luck that England could snatch ours.