By Harvey Byrne
Celtic gave 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele his debut for their Under-20s team in Monday’s 3-1 win over Hearts – and Rangers fans took to Twitter to remind their rivals of Islam Feruz.
The youngster was rewarded for his stunning development with a place on the bench, which saw him face players up to seven years his senior.
The forward replaced Jack Aitchison in the 81st minute of the game and had a cameo nine-minute spell in his first Under-20’s appearance.
The international break presented Dembele with an opportunity to make the step up with Ross Doohan, Anthony Ralston, Mark Hill, Regan Hendry, Calvin Miller and PJ Crossan all away with the Scotland Under-19s.
Rangers fans took to social media to remind their rivals of Feruz, who left Celtic to join Chelsea in 2011 and is still awaiting his debut aged 21, currently on loan in Belgium with Royal Excel Mouscron.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Well done sellick, for heaping unnecessary pressure and expectation on a 13 year old kid, remember you done that with Islam feruz? 😑
— The Great Waldo (@ThenNow4evaBlue) October 4, 2016
@Record_Sport I would calm down look at Islam feruz he was going to be a superstar went to Chelsea and never to be seen since
— Daniel (@Daniel98198848) October 4, 2016
— Reaney (@reaneyrfc) October 3, 2016
Isn't this all getting a bit silly!
— william mckenzie (@william06426795) October 3, 2016
— Scott Robertson (@SRob75) October 3, 2016
A lot of hype about a 13 year old playing u20 football for Celtic. Two names stick out for me: Feruz & Fleck.
— Michael Wight (@michaelwight) October 4, 2016
@WeahsCousin The last Celtic wonderkid was Islam Feruz joined Chelsea and not been seen since.
— Spence (@ITSpencer) October 3, 2016
Dembele has already been compared to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at his young age after his incredible balance, pace and goal-scoring ability.
Like Feruz the starlet is said to have already caught the attention of some of the world’s biggest clubs, but it is understood that he is settled at Celtic.