Karamoko Dembele’s chance in the Celtic first-team could come before the end of the season.
Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon has praised the young talent, who has made incredible waves at just 16 years of age.
Only this season has Dembele made his debut for the reserves too. He’s impressed in the SPFL Reserve League, helping Celtic make a real fist of the title this season. The young Hoops are just potentially one game away from winning the title, with Dembele a key part on a weekly basis.
And Lennon has confirmed some exciting news today regarding his future. Speaking at his press conference via STV, Lennon expressed a desire to feature Dembele before the season ends.
“If all things go well you may see him around before the end of the season.
“I am a big fan of his, I like his style. I would like to get him integrated into the first-team squad sooner rather than later but he still has a bit of work to do.”
Hearts at home looks like the one
You have to imagine that Lennon only has his eye on one fixture when talking about a potential Dembele debut.
Hearts at home on trophy day is the only real likely chance youngsters have of featuring for Celtic this term. The league title is unlikely to be won before the third last game of the season at Pittodrie. Considering the week after will see the Hoops face Rangers at Ibrox, you couldn’t see any baptisms of fire there.
Jack Aitchison had a similar opportunity several years ago against Motherwell on trophy day at Parkhead. He even managed a debut goal, becoming Celtic’s youngest ever goalscorer at 16 years and 71 days old. Should Dembele nab a goal on his debut he still wouldn’t be able to break that record.
The youngster has already scored and assisted at reserve level since his promotion to the squad a couple of months ago. Yesterday, he also pretty much confirmed he will spend next season representing England at international level.
But it looks as though Lennon is set to give him a chance should Celtic wrap the league up soon. Here’s hoping we catch a glimpse of the youngster we keep hearing so much about.