When Karamoko Dembele came on for the closing stages of Celtic’s first league match of the season, it seemed like he may have a big part to play this season.
Sure, the 17-year-old only played five minutes of the 5-1 ‘Flag Day’ win over Hamilton. But a goal in a friendly win over Hibernian the previous week suggested that he was very much ready for the new campaign.
Since that Accies game on August 2nd, however, Dembele has only made the Celtic matchday squad once.
The hot prospect, who was shortlisted for the prestigious Golden Boy award in June (Scottish Sun), was on the bench for our 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock.
However, he has been nowhere to be seen in our eight games since.
At a time when benches are bigger than ever, that is a worry.
So what has changed?
Was Lennon talking about Dembele after Ferencvaros loss?
It’s hard not to put two and two together and ponder if Neil Lennon was referring to Dembele in his post Ferencvaros rant.
After that sore Champions League defeat in late August, Lennon got some things off his chest.
He told the Scottish Sun: “There are some players who may want to leave and have made inroads into that over the last six months or so.
“So if they don’t want to be here, we have to do something about it.
“If they are making waves to leave the club they are obviously not committed. And I want players who are committed to the club.
“I’m putting it out there because it has been bugging me for a long, long time.”
The chat amongst the Celtic support was that Lennon was referring to Kristoffer Ajer and Olivier Ntcham among others.
Few considered the possibility that young Karamoko could be one of the players in question.
We don’t know for sure. But his exclusion from recent matchday squads tells a very interesting story.
Lennon has barely mentioned the youngster in his press conferences, and it will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds over the coming weeks and months.
Hopefully we don’t have another Islam Feruz scenario on our hands.