Remarkable 13-year-old makes debut for Celtic Under-20s in win against Hearts
By Alex Taylor
Karamoko Dembele made his debut for Celtic Under-20s on Monday night at the remarkable age of just 13.
The namesake of Parkhead star Moussa Dembele came off the substitute’s bench to play the last nine minutes in their 3-1 SPL Development League win over Hearts.
Attacking midfielder Dembele has already featured for the Scottish giants in their Under-15 squad against West Brom, Sheffield United and Barcelona but took another step closer to first-team action on Monday evening.
The decision to name Dembele on the bench was taken by Head Coach Tommy McIntyre and the forward joined the action when he replaced Jack Aitchison after 81 minutes.
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The left-footed attacker has been likened to Lionel Messi and often cuts in from the right wing onto his favoured left foot, can pick a pass and has excellent dribbling skills.
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Despite not scoring on his Under-20s debut, Dembele appears to have a genuine chance of beating Aitchison’s record of being Celtic’s youngest goalscorer of all time.
Aitchison netted against Motherwell last season at the tender age of 16 years and 71 days old.
Dembele is said to have already caught the attention of some of the world’s biggest clubs but is understood to be settled with the Scottish giants.
The starlet is the shining star of the Hoops’ academy and was voted Player of the Tournament at the St Kevin’s Academy Cup.
The decision to play Dembele is believed to have come about after a number of young players have been called away on international duty this week.