Ange Postecoglou has dropped an update on the future of Celtic winger Karamoko Dembele.
In recent comments cited by Football Scotland, the 56-year-old Bhoys boss revealed that, despite the 19-year-old’s current deal at Celtic being set to expire this summer, he is yet to have a discussion with the England U18 international regarding the extension of his contract at the club.
Speaking about the situation of the forward, Postecoglou said: “With the contract side of things, it’s kind of a two-way thing. That’ll depend on Karamoko himself and where he sees his future.
“We’ll sit down at the appropriate time with him and try to map out what’s best for him and what he thinks is best for him, then we’ll come to a decision.”
However, in a recent report for The Athletic, Kieran Devlin suggested that, at present, it looks unlikely that Dembele will put pen to paper on a new deal in Glasgow, something that would see the teenager depart at the end of the season.
In his piece, Devlin wrote: “At the moment it is looking unlikely that Karamoko Dembele will sign a contract extension.”
Considering just how highly-rated Dembele is both at Celtic and by the wider footballing world, should the winger go on to leave the Hoops on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign, the Parkhead faithful will undoubtedly be devastated.
Speaking earlier this season, the Greek-Australian manager said of the £2k-per-week forward: “He is obviously a hugely talented boy. He has been here for a while and I guess he gets an opportunity now. I think the way we play will suit him.”
However, after fracturing his ankle in pre-season, Dembele has so far featured just twice for Celtic this term, playing a mere 20 minutes of first-team football under the management of the 56-year-old Hoops boss.
And, with the likes of Liel Abada and James Forrest ahead of the youngster in the Bhoys’ right-wing pecking order at present, it would appear the 19-year-old’s path to a regular spot in Celtic’s matchday squads is somewhat blocked – something that will be unlikely to convince the player who Brendan Rodgers dubbed a “special talent” that he does have a future at Parkhead.
As such, unless Postecoglou can convince Dembele that he will be guaranteed a decent amount of game time at Celtic, the winger could very easily leave the club at the end of his current deal – something that would mark a very sad day for everyone involved with the Hoops.