Lennoxtown coach states Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembele is "training really well"
Celtic B team coach Tommy McIntyre has hailed the performance of Karamoko Dembele in his return match against Vale of Leithen as he stated he’s “training really well”.
Dembele had been out since pre-season after suffering from a nasty challenge against Bristol City in a friendly down in Wales. Karamoko suffered an ankle fracture and needed surgery that has kept him out for a full 6 month period.
The youngster has been training with the first-team since last week however, and was given his first minutes in a competitive match for the B team on Sunday. The 4-0 mauling of Vale of Leithen looked on paper like the perfect contest to give him his first runout in.
And, speaking to Celtic TV, post-match, B team coach McIntyre only had positive words to see regarding Karamoko’s current situation:
“Yes, it was great to get him back. It was his first game since pre-season when he got the injury. He’s been training really well. The first-team have been telling me that he’s been training really well with them, so he just really needs game-time.
“So yes good to get him back in. I think he enjoyed it as well. You can see the qualities that he’s got – he’s a top player.”
Karamoko Dembele back in the frame, but when will first-team opportunities arrive?
Hugely positive to see Karamoko back playing competitive football again. He looked like he was going to be a big player for us this term before that ankle setback, and it’s massively disappointing that he’s missed so much of the season.
Dembele is also into the final year of his contract which adds even more concern into the mix. His deal will run out in just several months’ time yet he still hasn’t put pen to paper on a new contract. You would hope, in the short-term, that’s something that’s going to change.
If Karamoko isn’t given first-team minutes in the coming months, then many may point that towards the fact he’s yet to sign a new deal. It would certainly provide the supporters and the coaching staff with some peace of mind, and it would be the best scenario for the player too.
As of right now, Dembele simply hasn’t been able to grow his stock. He would’ve been eyeing up a major impact this season given how positive his pre-season campaign was going. Despite being linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in recent years, it’s unlikely those same suitors will still be hovering after his injury woes.
He’s best placed at Parkhead, where he knows opportunities will arise under Ange Postecoglou if he commits here. Ange is, after all, the kind of manager who wants to invest his trust in young players.
Hopefully, that’s something that Karamoko appreciates as we await the signing of a new deal.