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  • Manager: Karamoko is the type of player that you want at Celtic

    Manager: Karamoko is the type of player that you want at Celtic

    By: Joe Donnelly on 20 May, 2019 17:17

  • IN the wake of Celtic’s 2-1 win over Hearts on Trophy Day, Neil Lennon praised Karamoko Dembele following his first-team debut. The 16-year-old came on at the start of the second-half to replace the injured Olly Burke, and his performance had Paradise in raptures.

    "He’s great to watch,” said the manger after the game. “He is the type of player that you want at Celtic. He gets the crowd off their feet with his football intelligence. Everyone talks about the skill, but his football intelligence is very good.

    “I’m delighted for him. Obviously we need to keep a lid on it, but it's great for the fans that they have seen the glimpse of the future. It was a great time, at the end of the season, and to get 45 minutes. The kid is 16, we know how talented he is and we just want to develop him in the right way. 

    "He has been training with the first team and he has had a very good season with the reserve team, and I had no hesitation giving him 45 minutes. There was always a plan to give him some game-time, but with Burkey going off, we thought we should throw him in there and let him play.”

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