Over the last few days you will have noticed the name Karamoko Dembele popping up all over the place.
The Celtic youngster is very much one for the future and seemingly already capable of making an impact way ahead of his years.
The talented attacker made his debut for the Celtic under-20 side a few days ago and did so at the tender age of 13. Yep, you read that correctly…13!!!
Dembele was named on the bench whilst Celtic’s youngest ever first-team starter, and goal-scorer, Jack Aitchison made the first XI.
The pictures below show just how young Dembele really is, his team-mates towering above him.
Karamoko Kader Dembele made his debut for Celtic's Under-20s against Hearts on Monday night at the age of just 13. pic.twitter.com/VH6HKvMCxs— CelticBible (@CelticBible) October 4, 2016
The front-man came on for the final ten minutes of the game and consequently became a big trending item on Twitter and other social channels.
Celtic’s website were gushing over Dembele after the encounter with Hearts, stating: “The diminutive playmaker didn’t look out of place and played his part in the closing stages.”
Dembele, bornin 2003, has helped Celtic to win the Under 13 European Cup and amazingly is now training with the first-team squad.
Whilst it’s true that Dembele was only handed his opportunity with the Under 20 side as the Hoops’ lost eight players to international call-ups it’s still an amazing achievement.
Below you’ll see just what the starlet is capable of.
Unsurprisingly Dembele is now being hailed as a potential ‘New Lionel Messi’ and whilst it’s true that Celtic have an astonishing talent on their books it’s worth remember just how young Karomoko is.
Some have warned of the consequences of placing too much stock in a player of such tender years, using the example of Freddy Adu as a cautionary tale. The American starting a career brightly before seemingly ‘burning out’ and seeing out a problematic journeyman career before moving back Stateside in recent years.
Dembele, no relation to Moussa, may well become the subject of a great deal of interest but would do well to stick it out at Parkhead in the short-term so as to better advance his career at this stage.