Karamoko Dembele Celtic youngster makes Under 20s debut aged just 13

Celtic created history on Monday night by handing 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele a debut for their Under 20s development team.

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Hoping to be more Lionel Messi and less Freddy Adu, Karamoko Kader Dembele made his debut for Celtic's development squad on Monday night to launch his name as the latest wonderkid making his way in the game.

play The teenager made history by coming on as a substitute on Monday night to make his debut


Only 13 years of age, the Bhoys starlet was named on the bench for Celtic Under-20's match with Hearts as the Glasgow club ran out 3-1 victors, handing Dembele a debut in the 81st minute.

play The 13-year-old looks up as he hopes to ignite another attack for his older team-mates


Helping the teenager, who has been likened to first-team striker Moussa Dembele, was the fact that Celtic U20s were without several key player due to international call-ups.

Nevertheless, it was a big surprise to see Dembele's name on the teamsheet before the match and coach Tommy McIntyre has been praised for allowing his player a short runout against much older opposition.


Celtic's youth side was without the likes of Ross Doohan, Anthony Ralston, Mark Hill, Regan Hendry, Calvin Miller and PJ Crossan, who are all away with Scotland U-19s.

So that prompted manager Tommy McIntyre to name the prodigiously talented Dembele on the bench, despite him being considerably smaller than his team-mates and opponents.

play Manager Tommy McIntyre named the prodigiously talented Dembele on the bench

A report on the Celtic website read: 'The diminutive playmaker didn't look out of place and played his part in the closing stages.' 

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