Karamoko Dembele made his senior Celtic debut at just 16-years-old this weekend!
The first player born in the 21st century to play for Celtic, born in 2003!
Karamoko Kader Dembélé (born 22 February 2003) is a footballer who plays as a winger for Celtic, and has been called up to represent both Scotland and England at youth level. He attracted media attention in October 2016 when he made his debut for Celtic’s under-20 development team at the age of 13.
His Football Career
Dembélé started playing football for Park Villa Boys Club at the age of five and was recognised as a prodigy from a young age.
He joined Celtic aged 10 in 2013. In July 2016, Dembélé was named as player of the tournament when representing Celtic U13 at the St Kevin’s Boys Academy Cup.
Soon after his appointment as Celtic head coach, Brendan Rodgers invited Dembélé to participate in a light technical training session with the first team squad.
On 24 December 2018, Dembélé signed his first professional contract at 15-years-old with Celtic, set to keep him at the club until 2021.
In April 2019, he featured for Celtic’s academy team in the seasonal finals of both the Scottish Youth Cup and the Glasgow Cup, losing out 3–2 to Rangers in the first and beating the same opposition by the same scoreline in the second.
Dembélé made his senior debut on 19 May 2019 in a 2–1 victory against Hearts, coming on as a second half substitute. After the match, Dembélé collected his winners’ medal and helped to lift the Scottish Premiership trophy as Celtic ended the season 9-points clear at the top of the league.