Celtic fans know that a lot of change is set to happen this summer as Parkhead is going to be a place of great change. However, one man that the Bhoys need to make sure they hold onto is Karamoko Dembele, the 16-year-old came off the bench yesterday on the final day of the season for the second half and it was a moment to savour.
It will be hard to see a way in which Dembele doesn’t go on to smash it in his senior career. The 16-year-old has it in him to feature as a winger on both sides and can even give it a go in the #10 role. Yesterday saw him come on for Oliver Burke and whilst the young wide-man couldn’t get the decisive goal or assist to see off Hearts, the Bhoys will be desperate to see more of Dembele in years to come.
Whether the man who comes in at Parkhead in summer is Neil Lennon or anyone else, the key thing is that Karamoko Dembele stays on at the Hoops, getting his chances in the senior side and playing first-team games, even if only off the bench. All throughout his career, Dembele has found himself playing up age groups and when he finally made his debut yesterday the fans loved it.
Even at the age of just 16-years-old, the hype is real when it comes to the young English winger. His Transfermarkt valuation stands at a meagre £45,000, but at his age, that can be expected. The key thing to look at here is that Neil Lennon has no qualms with throwing the young winger on in a competitive game, even if it was in a dead-rubber last game of the season.
Had the Bhoys lost yesterday to Hearts it would have been first-blood to the Jam Tarts ahead of next Saturday’s Scottish Cup final and would have given Craig Levein’s side a huge psychological boost. Lennon will have known that too, so bringing on Dembele for the last half of football in Celtic’s league season was a huge show of faith in the winger, who could easily go on to become a hero in Glasgow.