Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele was given another step-up as he featured with the senior side on Friday.

The makeshift team of senior Celts fell to a 1-0 loss against Morton at Lennoxtown last week. He featured alongside the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Olivier Ntcham, and Jozo Simunovic respectively.

It comes just weeks after his first involvement with the Celtic reserve squad too. The 1-0 win at Kilmarnock for the second string was Dembele’s first chance with the reserves. He’s yet to feature for the first-team, but being only 16 years of age, that could be a while away yet.

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Karamoko Dembele has come a long way from the young talent he used to be (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Anyone who’s had the opportunity to watch Dembele for the reserves will know he isn’t ready for first-team action just yet. The youngster still has plenty of growth in him physically. At the moment, he could still do with bulking up before dealing with some of the more physical players in Scottish football’s top level.

But yet again, Dembele was given another big opportunity by the club. Celtic are continuing to show just how highly-rated they view him.

Dembele the shining light of the youth talent

Even though the likes of Armstrong Oko-flex and Kerr McInroy have been impressing for longer in the reserves, they don’t seem to have been part of the squad for Friday.

Damien Duff took the squad on Friday (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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Dembele’s first priority between now and the end of the season has to be to wrap up the Reserve League. Celtic are still stop of the table by two points. Considering the fact that Dembele still has plenty of physical development in him, he should shelve first-team hopes for now.

But once again it’s clear the club are backing him. He cotninues to be given opportunities like this one, as his development continues to be high-profile. It follows on quickly from his promotion to the reserve team after his 16th birthday.

Dembele also recently signed a new contract with the club that ties him to Parkhead until 2021.

 

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