"We didn't want to kick him because he is still so small" - Moussa Dembele on 13-year-old namesake Karamoko

The Celtic forward says Karamoko Dembele is a "good talent"

BY Newstalk 15:16 Thursday 13 October 2016, 15:16 13 Oct 2016

Image: Jane Barlow / PA Wire/Press Association Images

You may remember earlier this month when Celtic decided to field a 13-year-old boy during an U20 match against Hearts.

Well, it caught the attention of many around the world and Karamoko Dembele was hailed as one of the up-and-coming stars in Britain. Highlight reels surfaced and we all marveled at the level of skill this child possessed.

It appears it wasn't just the audience he caught the attention of during his 10-minute spell during that 3-1 win, but also the attention of his teammates.

Celtic striker and namesake Moussa Dembele praised his talent but admitted his presence made training a little bit more awkward.

"We didn't want to kick him because he is still so small," said he said. "He is a good talent but we have to wait and see how he will improve as a player."

Moussa, no relation to Karamoko, has scored 12 goals since his summer move to Celtic from London, inducing a hat-trick against Rangers in his first Old Firm derby.

"I am a striker. Each time the manager gives me a chance, I give my all for Celtic. This was the next step for me after Fulham. I had to show I could do it at a high level with a massive club.

"From my first day, the lads have made me welcome. In an environment like this you settle quick and that has helped me score goals."

Celtic host Motherwell this Saturday at 3pm in the Scottish Premiership. 

News

'Cowboy' Donald Cerrone claims none of the other UFC fighters like Conor McGregor

08:32 Friday 7 October 2016 0 Minute Read
News

"There was a lot of pressure on lads in the club" - Ronan Maher on Thurles Sarsfields' drive for three in-a-row

10:00 Saturday 15 October 2016 0 Minute Read
Off The Ball

Newsletter

The very best bits of Off The Ball delivered every week