With things appearing to be improving for Ange Postecoglou on a near-daily basis at Celtic in recent weeks, as the Bhoys’ form on the pitch has been drastically improving, as well as the club beginning to welcome back a number of their long-term absentees, there are plenty of positives at Parkhead at present.
However, one player who remains on the sidelines is 18-year-old Karamoko Dembele, with the winger revealing that he is set to remain out of action until the turn of the year due to recently undergoing surgery on an ankle fracture.
Despite this fact, when the teenager does eventually regain match fitness, it would appear extremely wise for the 56-year-old manager to place his trust in the teenager, as the forward is undoubtedly a player who could help revolutionise Celtic’s attack.
Indeed, despite having made a grand total of just eight first-team appearances for the club, there has nevertheless been a great deal of fanfare about the forward’s potential, with Ruud Gullit stating his belief that the England U18 international “looks pretty special“.
Meanwhile, French publication L’Equipe included Dembele in a 2019 list of wonderkids that also included Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Inter Milan’s Sebastiano Esposito, dubbing the youngster an “extraordinary” talent.
It is easy to see why, as, having featured for Celtic U20s while just 13 years of age, the winger is a clearly player who possesses an incredible amount of ability, having already scored his first senior goal in a Celtic shirt in a 4-0 win over St Johnstone last season, as well as bagging the opener in a 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic in a pre-season friendly this summer.
As such, upon his return from injury, it would appear highly advisable for Postecoglou to start unleashing the £800-per-week 18-year-old in his starting XI on a regular basis. Not only would this be fantastic for the youngster’s development, but it would also undoubtedly aid Celtic’s creativity in the final third – something that has been lacking at times this season.