By Danny Wright
Karamoko Dembele has agreed to sign a new contract at Celtic.
A statement on the Hoops’ official website on Friday says that the 14-year-old attacker has “signed a Scottish FA Youth Registration” with the Glasgow giants – the same deal that current first-teamer Kieran Tierney once committed to during his development.
Dembele is one of the hottest rated properties in British football at the moment and is in a tug-of-war between Scotland and England for his future services to international football.
However the teenage sensation’s current focus is to play for the senior squad.
“I’m delighted to have signed at such a wonderful club and I think this is the right place for me to fulfil my potential and achievements. And my goal is to reach the first team,” he said, as quoted on Celtic’s official website.
The Scottish Sun has previously reported that Dembele has attracted the attention of Premier League elite clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City.
He has three Under-16 caps for Scotland but has also represented England at Under-15 level having been born in London.
Dembele is adept at playing on the right wing but can also play on the opposite flank or in the No 10 role.
Football Insider Verdict
Just because Dembele has penned a new deal, it shouldn’t mean that Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic superiors cannot expect Premier League teams to still try to sign him – especially given their spending power. The Hoops need to hope what happened to Billy Gilmour at Rangers doesn’t happen to them. He was an exciting, young talent in Scotland but is now a Chelsea youngster. Football north of the border gets a lot of stick from England and keeping hold of talented youngsters such as Dembele and Gilmour is a must for the two Glasgow titans. Celtic just need to hope that Dembele can see sense in staying at Parkhead.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has hailed this crucial change as “incredible”.