Frank McAvennie has pointed the finger at poor coaching and meddling agents for Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele’s struggles this season.
The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 18-year-old should have broken into the first team by now and is in danger of becoming a “waste of talent”.
Dembele has featured just four times for the Hoops this season, all as a substitute, and was not included in the squad which beat Falkirk on Saturday.
Speaking on A State Of Mind, Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes claimed the young winger turned down the opportunity to leave on loan this year.
Dykes believes Dembele sees a move to a lower league side as ‘below him’ and suggested that a summer move is on the cards.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Dembele’s future, McAvennie said:
“It was always going to be hard to keep him ever since he made his debut at such a young age. He was an overnight sensation but all of a sudden, agents get involved and they turn his head.
“Somebody with the talent that he possesses should have pushed his way into the first team by now. James Forrest is there but the team could have adjusted to allow Dembele to play, perhaps play Forrest on the left.
“When Dembele first came through he was beating players for fun but now he is coming inside and passing it. I do not know what the coaching staff are doing at Celtic but when you get a raw talent like that, a player who just wants to beat players, you have just got to let him do it.
“If he doesn’t make it it is because of the coaches and the agents. He is not doing it right now and it’s such a shame. He could be such a waste of talent.”