Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele made his Hoops debut at the weekend and it was clear to see the potential of the forward after a fantastic performance against Hearts.
The 16-year-old came on at half time to make his first appearance at Celtic Park and helped his side to win 2-1 and was part of the celebrations as the Scottish side lifted their eighth successive title.
Dembele impressed the fans but Tam McManus was also full of praise for the youth player.
McManus is a former Scottish forward who played for many clubs across his career, most notably Hibernian, and is now a coach at the Braidhurst Performance School.
In an interview on Football Scotland, the coach has spoken about how Dembele has all the potential to go on to become one of the world’s best in the future.
It will be very interesting to see what happens with Karamoko Dembele going forward. He has to be one of the most talented 16-year-olds I have ever seen and I know that he is rated massively by everyone inside Celtic.
Whatever it is, he has it in abundance. He has that little change of gear and vision to see a pass that makes him stand out.
But the hard work starts now and I am sure that everyone at Celtic will keep his feet on the ground.
Now that he has had a taste if playing in front of 60,000 he will want more. If he continues to work hard and stays humble then Celtic have a huge asset on their hands.
The fans have really taken to him already and you could feel the buzz of expectation every time he got on the ball. The game knowledge and decision making he showed at 16-years-old was incredible.
McManus also had a message for the Scottish FA after the tricky winger showed what he is capable of.
You can tell he has been extremely well coached but a lot of that just comes naturally to him.
I know he is in the England set up at the minute but whoever gets appointed as the new Scotland manager should move heaven and earth to get him in our set up.
Celtic face Hearts again this Saturday in the Scottish Cup final with the Hoops looking to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.
What Celtic must do in order to bring the best out of Karamoko Dembele
Plan for his future
A regular starting spot in the first-team next season is likely to come too soon for the youngster, but it won’t be long until he is pushing at the door. The club must have that spot ready for him.
Get him on the bench next season
Even if it is between 10-20 appearances off the bench next season, that will do wonders for his development as he continues to grow physically as well.
Let him learn from senior pros
It will be a brilliant experience for Dembele to learn from the likes of Scott Brown, to know what it means to play for Celtic. While the likes of Scott Sinclair who plays in a similar position will also be a great mentor.
Keep interested teams at bay
Dembele will no doubt attract interest from England in the near future. Celtic must sell him the dream and do everything in their power to convince him this is the best place for his development because it really is at this stage of his career.
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