As Celtic hone in on a ninth successive Scottish Premiership title, their reserved have edged closer to glory too after reaching the SPFL Reserve Cup final this week.
The young Bhoys defeated Hibernian 4-1 at their training ground Lennoxtown with the likes of Hatem Abd Elhamed and Patryk Klimala featuring.
But the player who has impressed the Hoops faithful the most appears to be teen starlet Karamoko Dembele after he notched a brace in the match.
The 17-year-old has featured just three times for the senior side, twice this season as he enjoyed short cameo spells in the Europa League against Cluj and in the top-flight against Ross County.
And plenty of supporters would love to see him involved more often.
Here’s what has been said…
Announce dembele on sunday pls x
— Brian (@brianso21) February 24, 2020
Needs a run in the first team
— gary mac (@garyjohnmcnally) February 24, 2020
Should be in first team
— @CelticBhoy1888 (@Celt_Bhoy1888) February 24, 2020
Yesterday for instance we had 3 defensive players in bench so why not put dembele in it and give him 15 minutes or so
— steven (@Beaumontbhoy) February 24, 2020
17 now. Needs a couple of games this season? https://t.co/nsC85Amsv3
— Marky (@Markbhoy) February 24, 2020
With the league about wrapped up Dembele should be getting a run out. He's on fire for the reserves. https://t.co/VAxYDqNLFg
— Wolfe Of Parkhead 🍀🏴 (@ParkheadWolfe) February 24, 2020
First team. Immediately https://t.co/i73cycDBty
— Aylwin (@aylg1987) February 24, 2020
Get him in the team soon Lenny https://t.co/jk8Kx2tQOG
— Raymond Christie 🚩 (@mondo_christie) February 24, 2020
time to unleash dembele on scottish football https://t.co/4UPIUTr5Xn
— Jaimey Maloney (@jaimey_maloney) February 24, 2020
Think its time the wee man gets promoted to the first team✅ https://t.co/9RO14Dts2J
— We’re Glasgow Celtic🍀 (@WereGlasgowCelt) February 24, 2020
The first team is beckoning
— Conor Shepherd (@ConorShepherd3) February 24, 2020
The calls for him to be part of Neil Lennon’s first-team setup were neverending – one supporter asked the boss to “unleash” the young winger on the SPFL whilst another claimed he was on fire for the reserves.
A further fan even questioned if there was any harm in sticking him on the bench considering the vast number of defensive options they had on it last time out against Kilmarnock.
Dembele’s display on Monday has caused fans to describe him in glowing light as he was called “generational” as well as “mercurial.”
My generational talent https://t.co/hbkRQl1juY
— Ben🏴 (@BenTheFenian) February 24, 2020
2 goals today for this mercurial talent. He really is pushing for a place in the 1st team squad already by the sounds of things. https://t.co/EsCWrvyCfR
— Spfl Players Past and Present (@PastSpfl) February 24, 2020
Drives by a number of players. Too many to count, love it!
— Big Kev (@bawbaggins) February 24, 2020
With Celtic 12 points clear in the SPFL and still in the Europa League knockout stages, there must surely be a good chance that the starlet is given an opportunity amongst the senior set-up sometime soon.
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