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13-year-old Karamoko Kader Dembele makes under-20 debut for Celtic against Hearts

Saptak Datta
948   //    04 Oct 2016, 21:50 IST
The Celtic fans are worried because rich clubs have already set an eye on the kid

At the age of just 13, Karamoko Kader Dembele made his debut for the Celtic U20 side as they recorded a 3-1 win over Hearts. The youngster came in for 16-year-old Jack Aitchison with ten minutes of the game left to play at Cappielow Greenock.

Young Dembele spent just ten minutes on the pitch against Hearts and despite looking tiny in comparison to his tall teammates, he certainly did not look out of order and played his part in the closing ten minutes.

The 13-year-old has the ability to cut inside from the right and switch to his favoured left foot and like Messi, has a keen eye for goal. He has the ability to run with the ball at pace and keep it close to the feet.

Dembele won the Player of the tournament award during Celtic’s Under-13 European Competition. Celtic's youth staff said on the victory: "It's a brilliant performance from the Under-13s winning one of the toughest tournaments in Europe.”

Dembele achieved fame when footages of his dominant performance at the St Kevin’s Boys club tournament in Dublin went viral. But Tommy McIntyre surprised everyone by including the 13-year-old’s name in the Celtic U20 squad against Hearts.

The teenager excited a lot of Celtic fans with his debut. The Lisbon Lions 1967 group honoured the young man’s success on facebook by saying, "This boy is special, it's really unusual for a boy of 13 to play for the U-20s," they posted.

On the other hand, the Celtic fans are worried as well because rich clubs have already set an eye on the kid. But Dembele’s parents, from Ivory Coast, are believed to be happy and well settled in Scotland. They are also delighted with the improvements he is making with the club.

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Dembele was born in the year 2003, a year before when Arsenal last won the Premier League. He usually plays as a central attacking midfielder or at centre-forward, where he can pass the ball around with his trickery and vision. He is strong, powerful and full of energy, and it looks that no one can get near him when he is on the ball.

The wonder-kid has been said of having all the qualities for joining the long list of greats who have, as the song says, passed through Parkhead’s gates.

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