By Amir Mir
Scotland are in a tug-of-war with England over teenage sensation Karamoko Dembele, according to a report.
The Daily Mail state that 13-year-old Dembele, who made the headlines when he came off the bench to play for Celtic Under-20s against Hearts on Monday, is a target for the English FA.
It is said the Parkhead club are facing a battle to compete with enticements from Europe’s elite to the player’s family.
The Scottish FA are also fighting to stop their counterparts from England from poaching Dembele away.
London-born Dembele, whose parents from the Ivory Coast, moved to Glasgow when he was aged five.
English football chiefs want to hijack the newly turned teenager for the own national set-up.
But the Mail also report that the Scottish Football Association want to pitch Dembele into the Victory Shield under-16s tournament next month in order to keep England and the Ivory Coast at bay.
Dembele first shot to fame for his performances in a prestigious Under-15s tournament in Dublin earlier this summer, before making the headlines when representing the Celtic under-20s side.
Dembele was named player of the tournament as he helped his under-13 teammates win the prestigious Bassevelde International Cup in Belgium in May- a competition dubbed the Champions League by youngsters.
In other Celtic transfer news, Colin Kazim-Richards has revealed the reason why he quit his boyhood club to move to Brazil this summer.