Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that Karamoko Dembele could play a part against Hearts this weekend.
A number of players are carrying knocks ahead of the final league match of the season, and it seems that the Hoops could field a much-changed team ahead of the cup final next week.
In regards to picking Dembele, Lennon said:
“Dembele is a possibility and has been training with the first team squad this week.”
Fans on Twitter were excited to hear that the midfielder could feature at Celtic Park on Sunday:
Let the boy loose
— john (@Johnbhoy1017) May 16, 2019
Start him out RW with Bayo through middle and french Eddy out LW and Oko Flex playing CAM
— Connor Hynds (@1Conzobhoy) May 16, 2019
@KevinCarr91 release the kraken
— Colum Gildea (@ColumGildea92) May 16, 2019
He looks a tad frail for playing in the SPL at the moment. Skilful but needs to be stronger physically imo.
— Wallah B (@harangaman) May 16, 2019
— Johnny Cooper (@JohnnyCooper91) May 16, 2019
Let him run riot! 🍀
— Dylan Bruce (@Dylan_Bruce93) May 16, 2019
— Matthew (@matthewf2006) May 16, 2019
Where was that thinking last week….?
— Chris (@t90_chris) May 16, 2019
Dembele only turned 16 in February and is yet to make his senior debut. He did start for Celtic in the Youth Cup final at the end of last month but was unable to help as the youngsters lost 3-2 to Rangers.
Lennon has hinted previously that he believes Dembele is ready to make the step up, despite his young age, and it appears he will get his chance, either by getting a start or being named on the bench for Sunday.