Celtic news: Karamoko Dembele could make first team debut in final Scottish Premiership game of the season

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The champions play Hearts at home on 19 May and the 16-year-old is likely to be part of Neil Lennon’s plans

Celtic’s rising star, Karomoko Dembele, could make his first team debut this weekend.

The 16-year-old was withdrawn from England Under-17 duty to prepare him for Sunday’s clash against Hearts in the final Scottish Premiership game of the campaign.

Dembele, 16, has been at Celtic since he was 10 and has played for both Scotland and England’s younger sides

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Dembele, 16, has been at Celtic since he was 10 and has played for both Scotland and England’s younger sides

Dembele was picked for the European Championship in Ireland, which would have seen him commit to the Three Lions over Scotland.

But he was instead among the players to stay with their clubs instead of play in the tournament, with Neil Lennon keeping as part of his preparations for Hearts where he is likely to have a place on the bench, report The Sun.

Dembele joined Celtic in 2013, when he was 10, and made his Under-20s debut against Hearts in October 2016 for a side seven years above his age group.

He signed his first professional contract in December 2018 and remains tied to the Hoops until 2021.

His international future remains undecided as he did not play in the Euros, although his recent social media post stated he was “Looking forward to next season with the boys #ENG16”.

England were knocked out at the group stage without Dembele after a draw against France and defeat to the Netherlands for Steve Cooper’s youngsters.

Describing himself as a creative player, he highlighted James Forrest as a source of inspiration and told the Celtic website: “My goal is to play for the first team.

“As soon as I can, I’m going to try to get into the first team, 100 per cent. In the Reserves, every training session, every game – it’s all to prove myself to the manager that I can play in the first team.”

Celtic are already champions, having won their eighth successive title

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Celtic are already champions, having won their eighth successive title

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