What’s happened to the Celtic wonderkid?

Do you remember the name, Karamoko Dembele?

The prodigy entered the football scene at a young age with Celtic in Scotland.

At just 13, he was playing for the club’s under-20 team.

The diminutive winger, the younger brother of Bournemouth’s Siriki, has been compared to Lionel Messi for his stature and dribbling skills.

Aged 13, he played in Celtic U20’s 3-1 win over Hearts in 2016. An almost comical image of the little lad posing as a sub soon went viral.

He became a household name, representing both Scotland and England at youth level – although he has not dedicated his international career to any nation.

A few years later, in the 2018/19 season, he made his senior debut at the age of 16 under Neil Lennon and also picked up a Scottish Premiership winners’ medal.

That same year he was Named by French outlet L’Equipe as one of the six “outstanding young players who will revolutionize the game”.

He was named alongside Ansu Fati, Joelson Fernandes, Sebastiano Esposito, Mohamed Ihattaren and Karim Adeyemi.

Great things were expected of him.

But not everything has gone according to plan for the youngster since his senior debut.

He has only played eight first-team games for Celtic – just 20 minutes last season – as he struggled with a serious ankle injury. However, in the 2020–21 season, he did score in a 4–0 win over St Johnstone.

Celtic v St Johnstone - Scottish Premiership

But now Dembele has left Celtic Park.

The 19-year-old is ready for a new challenge and has signed for Ligue 1 club Stade Brest.

Dembele has signed a four-year deal with the French club, which finished 11th in France’s top flight last season. He will wear the No. 18 jersey and is looking forward to his new opportunity.

“I came to Brest because I saw that the project presented by Greg Lorenzi was good”, said Dembele. “It’s something that suits me and I think I can get some playing time here. It was a great opportunity that came my way and I was interested.

“I’m very explosive, I like to have fun and give it to the fans and. I like scoring goals and winning.”

At 19, Dembele is still young and has plenty of time to fulfill his incredible potential. And a change of scenery could be the perfect springboard for him to jump-start his senior career.

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