Noel Whelan fears Celtic attacker Karamoko Dembele is in danger of becoming the next Ravel Morrison.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker suggested the 17-year-old has fallen out with manager Neil Lennon and may want to leave the club next year.
The Athletic‘s Kieran Devlin claims the club are worried about the “exceptional” talent’s application and attitude as well as his physical development.
Dembele burst onto the scene in 2019, the winger making his senior debut on 19 May in a 2–1 victory against Hearts at Celtic Park.
However, since then he has made just four senior appearances, all as a substitute, and has not made a matchday squad since October.
When asked by Football Insider if Dembele was in danger of becoming the next Ravel Morrison, Whelan said: “Yeah he could.
“Look, the reason he is not playing is because there is something wrong between manager and player. Lennon does not fancy him.
“That is not going to do the atmosphere on the training ground any good either.
“Dembele will not put the effort in if he wants to be away from the football club.
“We have seen it so many times and Christian Eriksen was a prime example. You will not get the best out of a player that does not get on with the manager and does not want to be at the football club. It is not a good environment.
“There is a decision that needs to be made very sharpish. Get him out quickly if his attitude is in question, otherwise it will rub off on other players.
“There needs to be a massive culture change at that football club.”
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