By Emma Sanders
Brendan Rodgers claims Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele could be handed his first-team debut at a “very young age”.
The 13-year-old has been a sensation this season after he made his Under-20s debut for the club earlier in the 2-16-17 campaign.
He is a regular youth team player and was in the headlines this week after he made his England Under-15s debut on Saturday, just weeks after donning the Scotland shirt for the first time.
“He’s enjoying his football, he gets looked after very well here at Celtic, he and the coaches here have a great trust,” Rodgers told TalkSPORT.
“We hope in the next number of years he could be the next one coming through.
“But it won’t be long. If he keeps going the way he is going, he could be one of those boys who is in the team at a very young age.”
Dembele is an attacking midfielder who is capable of playing on either wing and he has shown talent beyond his years in the last 12 months.
He has been tipped with a move away from Scotland, with Chelsea and Manchester City said to be very interested.
Jack Aitchinson is the club’s youngest ever first-team player and he made his debut in the 7-0 victory against Motherwell in May 2016, and scored a goal as a substitute aged just 16 years and 71 days.
Celtic’s next fixture is against Hamilton on Saturday. They could extend their lead at the top of the table to 17 points with a victory and they hope to maintain their unbeaten domestic record.
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