There will come a time and a place when Celtic really need to consider the future of the football club.
If you asked how happy Peter Lawwell was this time last year, he’d have raised a wry smile and uttered complete delight.
After all, his team were busy winning a ninth successive league crown.
However, a year on and the club are in serious bother.
Celtic have been nothing short of shambolic this season. Their defence is being breached on a regular basis and they are 11 points behind Rangers as they chase a tenth SPFL title in a row.
On top of that, they are out of Europe and the pressure is mounting on Neil Lennon, a manager who is suffering from a string of poor results.
However, his decision making is set to get even worse. That’s because it’s incredibly unlikely Karamoko Dembele will play for Celtic again.
That’s the word of VideoCelts who revealed a few days ago that the 17-year-old hadn’t been seen at training for two weeks.
With just under a year left on his deal and the club in disarray, his days at Parkhead look to be numbered.
With Celtic in their current state, it could be harming to throw such a young player into the team.
That being said, it speaks volumes after Lennon’s attitude to the teenager that he can’t even breakthrough in these tough times.
Dembele has never started a senior match for the Hoops and has only played four minutes this term, but such is his immense potential that he simply has to be given new terms and a chance to play.
He has always played above his age and made his debut for the U20 side when he was merely 13. If that doesn’t tell you Dembele has class, nothing will.
The diminutive forward has plenty of tricks in his locker and it would be an almighty shame if he left before he’d accomplished anything.
You only need to look at the success Aaron Hickey has had since walking out of Glasgow to understand why Celtic need to do everything they can to hold onto Dembele.
Hickey left for Hearts in 2018 and now at the age of just 18, is playing for Bologna in Serie A. It wouldn’t be a great surprise if we saw their current academy darling playing top-level football in a few years time too.
Earlier this year, journalist Alison McConnell spoke about Dembele, saying: “I know there were a number of Premier League clubs sniffing about. I hear what you’re saying about Scotland and England, but I think his priority at the minute is to just to make a pathway into the first team.”
That pathway, however, is clearly not there right now.
It is borderline inexcusable that they could be about to let Dembele go so easily.