Celtic interim boss Neil Lennon has revealed he would have no issue including teenage winger Karamoko Dembele in the Hoops’ Scottish Cup final squad this weekend.
The 16-year-old made his first-team debut against Craig Levein’s side in the final Scottish Premiership fixture last Sunday.
Dembele impressed at Celtic Park after replacing Oliver Burke at half time and came in for plenty of praise from Lennon.
And talking to Celtic TV, cited by 67 Hail Hail, interim boss Lennon, who will reportedly discuss with Hoops’ officials next week about the vacant managerial position, again praised the winger, revealing he would have no problems including the youngster at Hampden Park on Saturday.
I’ve no issue playing him. He was outstanding and he gave everyone a lift.
He’s training this week, he’s fit and available and he’s certainly put himself forward for a selection for the squad.
The Hoops, who have already secured the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premiership, are chasing a historic ‘treble treble’ against Hearts in the final.
And Dembele could well earn a place in the matchday squad in front of 50,000 fans this weekend, which would be the next challenge for the Hoops’ starlet in a rapid 12-month progression.
Celtic's last four Scottish Cup finals
2011: Celtic 3-0 Motherwell
Neil Lennon guided the Hoops to a comprehensive victory over Motherwell in 2011. Goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Charlie Mulgrew, along with a Stephen Craigan own goal, proved to be the difference.
2013: Celtic 3-0 Hibernian
Two years later, Lennon again guided the club to a Scottish Cup final triumph. Two first-half strikes from Gary Hooper and Joe Ledley’s late effort once again meant that the Hoops would be crowned champions.
2017: Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen
Celtic had to wait four years to get their hands back on the cup. Current Hoops player Jonny Hayes put Aberdeen 1-0 up early on, however, Stuart Armstrong’s equaliser and Tom Rogic’s dramatic injury-time winner earned Celtic their 37th Scottish Cup crown.
2018: Celtic 2-0 Motherwell
Motherwell were the opponents 12 months ago as Brendan Rodgers’ side completed a treble for the second year in a row. First-half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham proved to be the difference.