According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic teenager Karamoko Dembele could make his senior debut for the club this weekend, and it may well be a genius move by caretaker manager Neil Lennon to boost his chances of getting the job on a full-time basis.
The Bhoys face their last Scottish Premiership match of the campaign against Hearts at Parkhead on Sunday, and having lost Timothy Weah following the early end of his loan spell with the club, the 16-year-old could be blooded.
According to The Scottish Sun, the winger was pulled from England U17 duty so he could prepare with the rest of the Celtic squad for the visit of the Jambos this weekend.
The report adds that Dembele is likely to be handed a spot on the substitutes’ bench despite his tender years, although it seems as though he has been around for ages having become an internet sensation when he was 13 and playing for the Glasgow giants’ U20 side.
This is a smart decision by the Northern Irishman.
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With the league title already wrapped up, there is an opportunity to see if the talented teenager is ready to make a big impact next season.
As a result Lennon will prove he is willing to give young talents like the 16-year-old a chance, and it could get both the club’s hierarchy and the supporters back on his side following such a poor afternoon at Ibrox last time out.
Imagine if the 16-year-old comes on and gets a goal against Hearts on Sunday. The former Hibernian boss would be remembered as the one who gave him his breakthrough, and that could well help his chances at the end of the campaign when it is judgement day for the board.