By Harvey Byrne

Celtic forward Moussa Dembele is leading the fan vote in the race to see who will be crowned European football’s Golden Boy.

Dembele, 20, has nine per cent of the vote from supporters, making him joint top with AC Milan’s 17-year-old keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport launched the prize in 2003 and since then stars like Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba have all won the award.

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Dembele was one of 40 young stars to be included on the list after a fantastic start to his Hoops career.

The current favourites for the award include Marcus Rashford of Manchester United and Bayern Munich duo Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches.

The award is considered the equivalent of the Ballon d’Or for players under the age of 21.

It is decided by journalists from across Europe and the voting newspapers include: Bild (Germany), Blick (Switzerland), A Bola (Portugal), l’Équipe (France), France Football (France), Marca (Spain), Mundo Deportivo (Spain), Ta Nea (Greece), Sport Express (Russia), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), and The Times (United Kingdom).

With each journalist allowed to select five players each, it is decided by a system that goes as 10 points for the number one choice, while second choice gets seven, five for third, three for fourth, while the fifth most impressive gets one point.

Dembele has scored 12 goals in 17 fixtures following his summer move from Fulham, making him one of the front runners for the prestigious award.

In other Celtic team news, wonderkid Karamoko Dembele will be fast-tracked into the Scotland set-up.