If you didn’t feel old when you hauled yourself out of bed this morning, you will when you hear that 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele played for Celtic’s U-20 team last night. THIRTEEN YEARS OLD.
The child came on as a substitute for the 16-year-old Jack Aitchison and although the three-year age gap doesn’t sound all that vast, those months make all the difference at such a tender age.
Sean Monaghan (@SeanMonaghanPDX) broke the picture of the youngster on the field of play on Twitter last night…
13 year old Karamoko Dembele making his debut with the Celtic Development Squad (U-20 league) pic.twitter.com/qRFxbHv6Cf
— Sean Monaghan (@SeanMonaghanPDX) October 3, 2016
‘So what?’ you might say. Freddy Adu was playing professional football when his was 14 in America. Well, the video of his fledgling highlights shows just how special this kid could be…
Celtic's 13 year-old wonderkid Karamoko Dembele in action.
Remember the name!pic.twitter.com/2hHtpAWp3R
— TheFootballCommunity (@Footy_Community) October 3, 2016
Naturally, Dembele’s showing for Celtic’s youth side caused quite the stir on social media yesterday evening, with many commenting on the boy vs. men story. Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter…
Karamoko Dembele is in Year 8 and he's already playing against 20 year old professionals. I'm done. pic.twitter.com/4HpWzPOD4K
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) October 3, 2016
13-year-old Karamoko Dembele debuted for Celtic U20s tonight.
When I was 13 I was stealing dustcaps off cars and using a Blackberry Curve.
— joshua jones (@joshuapsjones) October 3, 2016
The 13 year old Karamoko Dembele making his debut alongside players SEVEN years his senior pic.twitter.com/SAuOr3bHdd
— Hugh Ferris (@hughferris) October 4, 2016
I'm 22 and just about to finish my shift, and 13 year old Karamoko Dembele is playing for Celtic Under 20's…. pic.twitter.com/wBqMwfsgxw
— Stand Up For Celtic (@StandForCeltic) October 3, 2016
Karamoko Dembele has come on for Celtic U20's against Hearts. He's 13 and was born in 2003. pic.twitter.com/EINVtrN5l5
— From The Stands (@FromTStands) October 3, 2016