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Postecoglou must unleash Dembele after opening day Celtic promise

Ange Postecoglou will arrive at Celtic, following his quarantine, with a certain set of habits.

The Australian will bring high pressing intensity to Parkhead and an attacking brand of football capable of frightening any opposition.

He also has a tendency to employ the younger stars of tomorrow. During the 2021 J-League campaign, Postecoglou unleashed three teenagers for Yokohama Marinos.

For a Celtic side who have neglected their reserves, this bodes well.

That’s especially if you consider the words of the 55-year-old on his first day in the job.

Speaking in his opening interview with the Bhoys, Postecoglou said: “I’m a big believer that, if you can produce homegrown talent and players who have come through the club, there’s extra meaning to represent that football club for the player. For the supporters, they see one of their own out there and I think that’s very important.”

The new boss added: “The first step of that is to make sure the talent is being produced and nurtured at the club. I want to get really involved in the Academy process and see where they’re at. They’ve produced some fantastic footballers in recent times.

Will Postecoglou get the most from Dembele?

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No chance!

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“My job is to give those footballers an opportunity and make them realise their potential. For me, age is irrelevant.”

This term, Neil Lennon failed to ever really bring through many young players with Karamoko Dembele playing just 71 minutes under the Northern Irishman.

John Kennedy made more of an effort to include the younger players in the squad with Adam Montgomery making his first-team debut.

Dembele also had a chance to prove himself, scoring his opening goal in senior football on the penultimate weekend.

The lively winger has been the darling of the Celtic academy for some time and if Postecoglou is true to his word, he will finally get an opportunity for regular minutes next term.

The 18-year-old has had to wait patiently for opportunities but they haven’t been truly forthcoming. He made his debut as a 16-year-old but has still only played on eight occasions, failing to make a start.

This was a troublesome campaign for the teenager who was alienated from the squad for a period of time after refusing to go out on loan and develop his game.

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We'll start with an easier one, who is this Celtic academy player?

Despite that disruption, he’s still a fabulous young talent, a player capable of beating defenders for fun.

Speaking after his first-team breakthrough, Ruud Gullit called him an “exceptionally good” performer.

That’s high praise from such an illustrious figure in the world of football, but it demonstrates why he needs to be given a bigger platform at Celtic. Hopefully, Postecoglou will finally give him that.

AND in other news, Postecoglou could revive Celtic with summer swoop for “phenomenal” 30-goal “machine”…

Article title: Postecoglou must unleash Dembele after opening day Celtic promise

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