By Harvey Byrne
Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele was allowed to train with the first team at 13 years of age, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the youngster took part in a session with Brendan Rodgers’ senior players this season after he was introduced to the new Parkhead boss.
The recently turned teenager made a remarkable appearance from the substitute’s bench to play in the last nine minutes of the 3-1 SPL Development League win over Hearts and has been tipped as the next big thing at the club.
The attacker was introduced into the action after 81 minutes for Jack Aitchison and the report states his progress is being monitored by the leading clubs in the world, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG.
The left footed attacker has even been compared to Barca ace Lionel Messi at his young age due to his incredible balance, pace and goal-scoring ability.
Remarkably, Dembele came on for Aitchinson, who became the youngest player ever to represent the club in a competitive match at 16 years and 71 days in the last campaign, while also becoming the youngest ever player to score a competitive goal for the club in the same match in a 7-0 victory over Motherwell.
In other Celtic team news, Scott Brown has been named in the Scottish Professional Football League team of the week.