Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembele is hopeful that a recent rule change will lead to more first-team opportunities this season, the Celtic View reports.
Just before the start of the season, the SPFL announced that teams could make five substitutes a game instead of three.
You would think that ruling would play into Dembele’s hands. Indeed, he came on as a substitute in the opening day of the season, in the 5-1 win over Hamilton.
However, the player has conceded that with the pressure on the Hoops to make it 10 in a row he is unsure how many opportunities he will be given this season.
“I’m hoping the changes to the substitutions will lead to more game-time” Dembele said, as quoted by the Celtic View (Volume 56, Issue 3, Page. 24).
“There’s a lot of pressure to win”
“There’s a lot of pressure to win every game and the manager will put out what he feels is his strongest squad. I’m not sure what that will mean in terms of playing some of the young boys, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”
Dembele’s comments show great maturity for such a young player. He is well-aware of the pressure that the Hoops will be under this season.
That could lead to more game time for the experienced players. It could also mean less playing time for the youngsters in the squad.
However, the fact that Dembele has already been involved in the first-team this season has to go down as a promising sign for the player.
Seems to be rated highly by manager
He does seem to be a player that is highly-rated by Neil Lennon. You would imagine that he will get at least some first-team opportunities this season.
As Dembele recognises though, when the Hoops are looking to win a game, it might be a more experienced player who is given the chance.
Still, should Dembele impress in training and in his cameo appearances, Neil Lennon will have no choice but to give him more playing time. Only time will tell.