Karamoko Dembele's Celtic Debut Against Hearts Was Special
Karamoko Dembele became the first player born in the 21st century to play for Celtic when he was brought on as a substitute in their final game of the season against Hearts, and boy did he make an impression.
The 16-year-old wonderkid was given his chance by manager Neil Lennon and it’s fair to say the youngster grabbed the opportunity with both hands, showcasing a fearless approach, despite a lack of first team experience.
It was the perfect introduction to the first team for Dembele, and his manager was full of praise after the final whistle:
“He is the type of player that you want at Celtic,” he said.
“He gets the crowd off their feet with his football intelligence. Obviously we need to keep a lid on it, but it’s great that the fans have seen the glimpse of the future.
“The kid is 16 and we just want to develop him in the right way. He has been training with the first team and I had no hesitation giving him 45 minutes.”
Despite his age, Sunday afternoon’s headline grabbing performance has been years in the making.
Dembele joined the Scottish champions aged 10 and quickly made his mark at youth level when he made his debut for Celtic U-20’s at the age of 13.
Just three years later, the London-born number 77 would make his debut for the first team, coming on in the secon half. His highlights were quickly posted on Twitter for the world to see, picking up huge traction in the meantime.
He looks like a real talent, this lad.
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