Celtic have dealt a blow with the news that James Forrest could be out of action for a while. The Scottish Sun reports that the player has a bruised ankle, and it is ‘unclear’ when he will be able to return to first-team action.
That is bad news for Celtic. Forrest more often than not is one of the first players on Neil Lennon’s team sheet. You would imagine that Forrest will be replaced for the moment by Jeremie Frimpong. Frimpong has performed excellently in his last few appearances for the Hoops, taking over from Forrest.
Hoops short on right-sided players
However, that leaves the side short on right-sided players. That could mean a return to the Celtic squad for a player who has not featured in over a month – Karamoko Dembele.
Dembele, who is still at the start of his career and is only 17, featured for the Hoops squad for the first two league games of the season. Indeed, he came on in the first game of the season, the 5-1 win over Hamilton, as a late substitute.
However, since then he has not featured for the Hoops. There could be any number of reasons for that, but the time could be right for Dembele to make his return to the squad.
Lennon must feel player has ability
Neil Lennon must feel that the player has the ability to play first-team football, otherwise he wouldn’t have put him in the squad in the first-place.
Maybe Lennon felt that a spell away from the pressures of the first-team squad could help a player still at the beginning of his career. Whatever the reason for his absence, that could come to an end sooner rather than later.
Jeremie Frimpong will need back-up at the moment. Dembele may be just the player to provide that, until Forrest returns.
This could turn out to be the making of Dembele’s career at Celtic. Hopefully he can return to the squad and make a contribution going forward.