Karamoko Dembele - Football Hitz

Karamoko Dembele backed to be a huge success

Celtic alerted the football world to wonderkid Karamoko Dembele last year when they selected him for an under-20 game at just 13.

It was quite a sight, with Dembele more than a foot shorter than his teammates, and quickly speculation began wildly linking him with moves to the English Premier League’s top clubs.

Dembele remains in Celtic’s academy, largely out of the spotlight, and has been playing also for Scotland’s under-16 side.

All the hype and pressure is a lot for a young player like Dembele to handle, but his 21-year-old brother believes he will have no trouble coping.

Siriki Dembele is playing for Grimsby Town, where he is beginning to establish himself in the starting XI.

He told BBC Sport that his younger brother can develop into the player he is being hyped up as.

He said: “I know how good Karamoko is, I truly believe he is going to be one of the best.

“It was fantastic to see him play for the under-20s. I liked it because it gave him exposure but he’s a really level-headed boy and he won’t be taking the hype to his head and letting it change him. He’s really mature for his age.

“He’s always been good. The thing is you can get noticed at different times even if you’ve always been talented.”

It is still likely to be several years before Celtic bring him into their first team.

Celtic are thriving on and off the field and manager Brendan Rodgers has been cautious with putting in youngsters like Jack Aitchison despite his clear talent.

But when the time is right, Dembele can be the ace in Celtic’s pack and supporters should be excited about he can one day offer.