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03rd Oct 2016

Celtic play a 13-year-old wonderkid in U-20 game and he looks absolutely brilliant

If you're good enough, you're old enough...

Ben Kenyon

‘If you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ or so goes the old footballing adage.

But even with this in mind Celtic fans must have been surprised to see teenage wonderkid Karamoko Dembele get a run-out in the Hoops’ U-20 game against Hearts.

While it’s not unusual for clubs to throw talented youngsters into the mix alongside players pushing for first team football, Dembele’s inclusion – even on the bench – for Tommy McIntyre’s side must have been a shock.

The young star is just 13 years old. He’s barely started high school and yet he made his first appearance for Celtic’s development side in a game at Cappielow.

Just think back for a moment to what you were doing when you were 13. You probably weren’t making your debut in the development squad for a Scottish top flight side managed by Brendan Rodgers.

We imagine you were probably just getting the hang of Snake 2 on your old Nokia and trying your first ciggy out behind the school bike shed.

But Dembele, who has made a name for himself at youth level, was thrown into the fray by McIntyre with nine minutes to go when he replaced 16-year-old Jack Aitchison in the 3-1 victory, according to the Daily Record.

When you see videos of the youngster ripping the piss out of kids his own age, you can perhaps see why Celtic rate him so highly.

The Ivory Coast teenager is so good with the ball at his feet that coaches felt he could mix it with players seven years older than him.

To put his appearance into context, The Lisbon Lions 1967 Facebook group said:  “This boy is special, it’s really unusual for a boy of 13 to play for the U-20s. To put it in perspective, Kristoffer Ajer plays in that team and he’s 6ft 5in.”

Just look at that footwork though…

It’s safe to say that Celtic fans were blown away by the young star…

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Images via Lisbon Lions Facebook/Twitter