Karamoko Dembele is a name Celtic fans should remember – as he’ll no doubt become the club’s youngest ever player on this evidence.
You’re probably unaware of the 12-year-old attacker – more commonly named Kader – lighting up the Hoops youth academy, but you’ll remember him forever after watching the below video.
He lives in Govan, but his family hail from Ivory Coast, and he appears to have been part of the club’s academy since at least the age of 10.
Given Dembele’s age, it’s difficult to locate a lot of information on him, but it’s clear he’s highly rated by the club and has been attracting interest from almost every big team in Europe over the last year.
Why? Well, it’s clear to see when you watch the 12-year-old playmaker in action.
He’s left-footed and doesn’t look too dissimilar to a young Lionel Messi or Patrick Roberts when he regularly cuts in from the left to dribble past defenders and shoot or lay one on for his team-mates.
Dembele has demonstrated that in big games too – not only lighting up the pitch against Scottish opposition, but ripping apart the best players in Europe at his age group.
The footage below comes from the prestigious St Kevin’s Academy Cup in Ireland, which brings together some of the best youth teams to play competitive tournament football.
Celtic didn’t win the competition in March earlier this year, but Dembele was unanimously voted Player of the Tournament for his performances:
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We’ve written about some of those Barcelona youngsters before, but Dembele makes them look average in some of the footage.
Celtic fans will be hoping the club have a plan to keep the youngster in their ranks and stave off competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, who we believe are already interested in signing him.
They will be buoyed by talk that Newcastle have already attempted to speak with his family, but he threatened to stop playing altogether if they attempted to make him leave Celtic.
One look at his Instagram profile hammers home Dembele’s quality – and his love for the Hoops:
Dembele’s also been sharing some more footage of his recent performances – and included a stunning solo goal against Rangers which will excite a lot of Celtic fans.
If Brendan Rodgers hasn’t already paid a visit to Dembele’s house then Celtic might want to organise that soon.
Tommy Burns was pivotal in making sure the Scottish champions kept Islam Feruz at the club while a highly-rated youngster, but he still eventually left for Chelsea and hasn’t realised his potential.
If Dembele can remain at Parkhead and keep progressing in the same way then you’d expect him to be in with a chance of playing for the first team by the time he turns 16.
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