Former Celtic icon Frank McAvennie has urged Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele to be more intelligent on the pitch after his side’s 1-1 draw against Hibernian.
The Hoops fielded a weakened side on the back of the coronavirus outbreak in Neil Lennon’s squad, meaning that the 17-year-old got his opportunity in the first-team, but only as a second-half substitute with 11 minutes to play.
Back in 2016, former Chelsea player-manager Ruud Gullit told the Evening Standard that Dembele was an “exceptionally good” player after first coming across him on YouTube.
But since then, the right-winger has not been getting a lot of chances having made just five appearances in total, just two of those coming in the Scottish Premiership this season. With Jeremie Frimpong being the only player fit enough to play on the right at this time, Dembele is not getting much game time.
Speaking with Football Insider, McAvennie admits he has been left frustrated with his lack of progression at Parkhead but understands it is nothing that Dembele has done.
“Listen, he never done nothing for me,” he said. “It is not the boy’s fault though. It was like playing in the youth team the other night. There was so many youngsters on the pitch towards the end.
“I like the boy Dembele, but it is different playing against seasoned pros. You cannot just run by seasoned pros. He needs to be more clever.
“He is a wonderful player so hopefully he will get more of a chance from now on in. It is a long time since he hit the headlines and I expected him to be in the team by now – but I do not see him every day.”
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Dembele is out of contract soon so time will is running out for the Hoops to decide whether or not he has a future, if they are to earn a profit for any potential sale that is.
It has been a bit of a mystery to why Dembele hasn’t played. But this might have something to do with what Lennon said after his side’s defeat against Ferencvaros back in August, stating any players that don’t want to be at Parkhead can leave (cited by Daily Record).
Of course, this is just a possible explanation. But with no talks of a new contract on the table at the moment, Dembele’s days in Glasgow could be numbered.
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