'On the ball he's magnificent' - International coach blown away by Celtic teenager
By Russell Edge
Scotland youth team coach Brian McLaughlin has said that Celtic have played a key role in Karamoko Dembele’s development.
The 14-year-old winger burst onto the scene when he was named in the Hoops’ Under-20 side at just 13-years-old, and has been tipped as top prospect.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers spotted the youngster’s talents soon after his own arrival at Parkhead, and introduced him to a first team technical training session not long after being named manager of the club.
Now another coach of the youngster has been singing his praises, as he stars for Scotland’s Under-16 side this summer.
McLaughlin, who took on the role as youth team coach in June, believes that the Hoops have a future star on their hands, and credits the club for their role in his impressive progress.
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He told the Scottish Sun: “There’s no doubt about it, he’s exciting. On the ball he’s magnificent.
“He’s also become really aggressive in how he closes the ball down. He wants to do it for the team as well now and that’s credit to Celtic.
“He’s a special talent and his attitude is special as well. He understands that we need to win it back before we can play. Again, credit to Celtic for that.
“I can absolutely see a difference in him, even just in the space of a few months.”
The Scotland youth side have been playing a series of international friendlies at home this summer, and Dembele has played a key role in their success.
In the 7-0 victory over Qatar, the Celtic youngster scored after sprinting through the defence with his lightening pace and close control, while he also provided two assists and won a penalty for his side.
The prodigal forward was unable to have such a devastating impact during his side’s 2-0 win against rivals England on Friday, but will be hoping to be back up to top form when they take on Uruguay on Saturday.
Meanwhile at club level, the young attacker will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of namesake Moussa Dembele, who was Celtic’s star striker last season with 32 goals in 49 appearances during his debut season at the club.