The Chalkboard: Dembele selection for cup final would be a gift for Celtic fans

Celtic are just days away from their mammoth cup final against Hearts at Hampden.

It’s not just any final either, it’s an opportunity for Neil Lennon and his side to make history again and secure a treble of trophies for the third successive season.

Before Brendan Rodgers walked through the doors at Celtic Park in 2016 trebles were rare in Scottish football, but a clean sweep of trophies since then has Celtic fans celebrating unprecedented success.

Supporters though don’t just want to see the Hoops win, they want to win with style and what better way to do that than by unleashing one of the club’s top young talents on Craig Levein’s team?

On the chalkboard

The idea of playing a 16 year old in a national final may seem bizarre to some, but Karamoko Dembele’s cameo on Sunday had Celtic fans on their feet and even booing their own players when the diminutive attacking midfielder did not get the opportunity to take a free kick.

He’s caught the imagination of fans and it would be an incredible story for the player to make his name at Hampden Park on Saturday.

Starting the match is perhaps out of the question, but if things are going well then there’ll be an expectancy for him to be brought onto the pitch if he makes the bench.

His awareness, vision and skill is already a level above most players in the country, why not give him the opportunity to show what he can do in a momentous final?

What are his teammates saying?

Talents such as Callum McGregor certainly aren’t ruling out him getting an appearance.

The Hoops midfielder couldn’t offer enough praise for the teenager when speaking this week, impressed by the manner with which he took to the game on Sunday.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, McGregor said of Dembele: “At such a young age, to come on and play with the maturity he did was great. You can see his football brain working before the ball even comes to him. It’s a massive talent to have at such a young age. If he was to get on at the weekend in the Scottish Cup Final it would be an amazing achievement. It certainly seems like nothing fazes him. As soon as he came into first team training, he looked comfortable. He isn’t overawed.”

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That’s an endorsement and a half and if McGregor reckons the young man can cope with the pressure of playing against Hearts this weekend then who are we to argue?

Go on Neil Lennon, give your fans something extra special to cheer about.