Meet Karamoko Dembele, the Ivorian winger for Celtic who has been called up to represent the Scotland under-16 team and the England under-16 team.
With Karamoko Dembele, the soccer talent has always been spotted. By the tender age of 5, he had started playing football for Park Villa boys club.
In 2010, he joined Celtic which Celtic boss, Brendan Roger, believes is appropriate for his development. 6 years later, Dembele was named the player of the tournament after representing Celtic U15 at the St Kevin’s Boys Academy Cup.
The youngster who turns 14 by February next year has already featured for Scotland at Under-16 level as well as Under-20 level for his club.
The budding soccer champ became a sports media sensation when he made his debut for Celtic’s U20 side on October 3, 2016. He played with and against players older than he was and left an unforgettable impression after the match.
In recognition of his presence during the match, an official report on the Celtic website stated that “the diminutive playmaker didn’t look out of place and played his part in the closing stages.”
Coach Brian McLaughlin had earlier commended the young star’s energy in the field.
“He gave us a little bit of energy. He’s very, very brave on the ball”.
England and Scotland are reportedly on a tug of war over the vibrant soccer talent.
Stewart Regan, Scotland chief executive “has insisted they will do everything in their power to keep Dembele in the Scottish system.”
In line with FIFA stipulation, Karamoko Dembele can play for Scotland, England and the Ivory Coast, all to his discretion. He only gets to stick to one nation when he makes his competitive senior international bow.
According to Mirror reports, clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and Ajax are interested in the “special talent”.