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. 

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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. 


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