Celtic wonderkid in tug-of-war between two teams - report
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.
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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.