It was only last month that Celtic made history by winning in Italy for the first time ever, with Olivier Ntcham’s injury time goal sealing a 2-1 win over Lazio.
Now in their last Europa League group game against Cluj, Celtic created a bit more history. Teenage starlet Karamoko Dembele came on as a second-half substitute, and in doing so became the youngest player ever to play in Europe for Celtic.
The feat was recognised by the official Celtic Twitter account.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 12, 2019
As the Tweet says, Dembele is still three months away from turning 17. That didn’t prevent Neil Lennon from giving the player a taste of what European football is all about.
The player done fairly well in his cameo role, and his appearance shows that the club must have faith in his abilities.
Has already made league debut
Dembele has already made his domestic debut for the Hoops. He played in the 2-1 win over Hearts in May. Now he has played in Europe, the question that has to be asked is how far the player can go in the Hoops, and how much can he achieve.
You have to think that he is not yet ready to be regular member of the first-team squad just yet. He probably needs to play more games for the reserves first. Although it won’t be long until he features in the first-team squad more often.
Experience will do the player good
If the game against Cluj had been a game with something riding on it then perhaps Dembele wouldn’t have got his opportunity. Still, the experience will do him good.
Hopefully Dembele will turn into Celtic’s next Kieran Tierney. A player who is home-grown, gives the club a few excellent years of service then is sold for a huge sum of money, like Tierney was for £25 million.
That is probably the ideal scenario for a player with Dembele’s talent. There is no doubt that the player can go far in the game. Hopefully in the next few seasons he will show that at Celtic Park.