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U13 handed Celtic U20 debut

05-October-2016 7:23
in General
by Admin

Celtic have handed 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele his debut for their U20 team.

The U13s midfielder came on in the 81st minute of Celtic's 3-1 victory over Hearts in the SPFL Development League.

A report on the Celtic website read: "The diminutive playmaker didn't look out of place and played his part in the closing stages."

The schoolboy's skill and talent had previously been flagged up to a wider audience in a series of online video clips.

Celtic have since vowed not to rush the development of 13-year-old Dembele, whose family come from the Ivory Coast.

The Scottish champions’ head of youth, Chris McCart, promised to take care of the Dembele's career progress.

"What we need to remember is that Karamoko is just 13,” he said. “He was given a chance to play last night on merit, but it is very important we continue his development at a measured pace.

"Karamoko is still a young boy and has a lot of growing to do, both physically and mentally. The coaches at our Under-13 and 14 levels have been fantastic in nurturing his potential but it is crucial that we do not push him too far, too soon.

"He has a lot of hard work ahead of him to make it to the top and we won't rush that, but we also know Karamoko is at the perfect place to continue his progress and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this young player."