Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele was not in the squad for the Bhoys’ 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague in the Europa League, and an explanation has now been provided.
The Hoops only named 10 substitutes in the Czech capital after they bowed out of Europe in miserable fashion, whereas their opponents filled their bench with the full 12 options allowed (via BBC Sport).
Dembele signed a two-year professional contract ahead of his 16th birthday after stunning the world as a 13-year-old during a Celtic reserve game in 2016.
It’s fair to say that the England U17 international has a fanbase, which includes journalist Alison McConnell, who described him as a “precocious talent” (cited by This is Futbol).
According to Video Celts, Dembele has been absent from training for the past two weeks, along with Armstrong Okoflex, which explains why he missed out on Thursday night.
With his contract due to expire in June, it looks increasingly unlikely that he will play for Neil Lennon’s side again.
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Having made four first-team appearances in his Bhoys’ career, his relationship may have become broken beyond repair.
The hype surrounding Dembele a few years ago may have been shortlived but could be sparked once more if he does leave Parkhead this summer.
While it will be disappointing to potentially see Dembele leave, it may also put more pressure on Lennon and the people above him.
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