By Frank McAvennie

14th Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

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Frank McAvennie is baffled as to why Celtic manager Neil Lennon has not called upon Karamoko Dembele in the absence of James Forrest.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend suggested the 17-year-old may have an attitude problem which is a directly correlated to his lack of first team opportunity.

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 made his senior debut for the Hoops on 19 May 2019, impressing 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 for his assessment of the teenager’s situation at Paradise, McAvennie said:

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“To be honest, I thought Dembele would have been in the team by now.

“He is the kind of player that Celtic need. We do not have any wingers while Forrest is out so why does Neil Lennon not give him a chance?

“There is obviously something going on behind the scenes. It is a strange one to talk about because there must be a reason why he is not in the team.

“It might be his attitude, that has happened before with young boys, or maybe he is annoyed that he is not getting a chance. If his attitude stinks that might be because he is not playing.

“I thought Lenny liked him. He has brought the young boy Frimpong on so I cannot understand why Dembele would not be in the squad at least, unless it is his attitude.”

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