The debut of Karamoko Dembele at Celtic Park should be put on hold at least for now.
The young winger impressed in Celtic’s two cup finals he played in over the last week against rivals Rangers.
Dembele played twice, and displayed some brilliant footwork and solid bursts of speed as well. The starlet got his revenge on arch-rivals Rangers in the return leg by winning the coveted Glasgow Cup courtesy of a 3-2 success. That feat came only five days after being knocked out of the Youth Cup final to their Rangers counterpart at Hampden via a similar scoreline.
The week was one that fans were eventually able to see the wonderkid play in the spotlight. And the starlet didn’t disappoint in a successful week.
But it was crystal clear that the teenager isn’t ready yet for first-team action at Celtic park. Head coach Neil Lennon suggested that he might well introduce him to the Celtic senior squad before the conclusion of the campaign.
When you consider Celtic’s three games between now and the conclusion of the league season, only Hearts at home stands out as the game the youngster could possibly play in.
But in the youth games Dembele played, it was noticeable that he still has a lot to develop physically before he starts to battle it out with the strong defenders of the Premiership.
In those youth games last week, when defenders move close to the winger, it hasn’t taken much to send him to the floor. The starlet has been fouled many times over the last week, and was not protected.
The player can expect such brutal treatment from defenders when he jumps into the senior squad. And, considering the starlets little shape, physically, vying against the likes of John Souttar and Christophe Berra is not a good idea.
He is obviously closing in on that debut appearance for the first team for sure. But it appears just a little too early.