VIDEO: 13-year-old superstar the next Lionel Messi?

3 Comments

Yeah, this kid is ridiculously good.

Karamoko Dembele, just 13 years of age, made his debut for Celtic’s U20 side on Monday and huge things are expected of the youngster.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights

If you take a look at the video above you’ll understand why.

Many are saying he’s the “next Lionel Messi” and although we’ve heard that many times before (Bojan Krkic etc.) it’s hard to not get excited when watching this footage.

Speaking about Dembele’s debut, Celtic’s Head of Youth, Chris McCart, has warned against expecting too much too soon from the youngster after he played against Hearts in a U20 game.

“We were all delighted to see Karamoko make his debut for the Development Squad last night against Hearts in what proved to be an entertaining game,” The fact that he was playing against other players seven years his senior gives an indication of the quality this young boy possesses and it was also fitting that he came on for Jack Aitchison, the club’s youngest-ever goal scorer.

“What we need to remember, though, is that Karamoko is just 13-years-old. He was given a chance to play last night on merit, as was Kieran, but it is very important that we continue their development at a measured pace. Karamoko is still a young boy and has a lot of growing to do, both physically and mentally. The coaches at our Under 13 and 14 levels have been fantastic in nurturing his potential but it is crucial that we do not push him too far, too soon.”

We’ve heard about “starting them early” but this is just crazy…

Demebele has so much talent and you get the feeling Celtic may have to fend off interest from plenty of other teams as the player they’ve nurtured since 2013 was trending on Twitter in the UK.

Having personally seen the great work Celtic’s academy does firsthand a few years back when doing my coaching badges in Scotland, Dembele is in safe hands as countless academy products continue to progress to the first team at Celtic Park.