Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele — who went viral when he played for Under 20s at just 13 — could make his first-team debut this weekend
- Karamoko Dembele could make his first senior appearance against Hearts
- Neil Lennon looks set to name the 16-year-old on the substitutes’ bench
- The starlet has been the subject of a tug-of-war between England and Scotland
Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele is in line to make his senior debut this weekend as Neil Lennon wants to give the 16-year-old a run out.
Dembele has been withdrawn from England Under-17 duty so he can fully focus on making his Scottish Premiership debut in Celtic’s final game of the season against Hearts, according to The Sun.
The London-born winger has been the subject of a tug-of-war between England and Scotland and Celtic moved quickly to tie him down to a full-time professional contract in December 2018.
Celtic’s Karamoko Dembele could make his competitive debut at the weekend
The 16-year-old looks set to be named on the substitutes’ bench on Sunday afternoon
Date of birth: February 22, 2003
Place of birth: London
Height: 5ft 3in
Dembele was called up by England to play in the Under-17 European Championship in Ireland but he has been given permission to stay with his club.
With the league title in the bag, Celtic boss Lennon is willing to make changes to his first-team squad and may rest players ahead of their Scottish Cup final encounter with Hearts.
Dembele became an instant YouTube hit when he represented Celtic’s Under 20s at the tender age of 13.
Lennon is likely to give him a spot on the bench for Celtic’s final league game of the season.
Dembele recently committed his future to England on social media. He wrote: ‘Looking forward to next season with the boys #ENG16.’
The teenager previously played for Scotland Under 16s before switching allegiances to the Young Lions.
Dembele recently revealed he would be spending next season with England’s youth sides