Celtic have signed 15-year-old wonderkid Karamoko Dembele to his first professional contract with the Scottish champions.
Dembele made headlines again in October 2016 when, on the age of 13, he got here on in its place to play for Celtic’s under-20 aspect.
Earlier than the tip of that yr the London-born midfielder, whose mother and father got here to the UK from Ivory Coast, had turned out for each Scotland’s U16 and England’s U15 groups.
On the time, Celtic supervisor Brendan Rodgers tipped Dembele as “a type of boys who’s within the group at a really younger age,” and on Christmas Eve the membership introduced that he had signed a professional deal that runs till at the least 2021.
🆕📝 Karamoko Dembele has signed his first full-time professional contract with #CelticFC, in a deal that sees him stay at Paradise till at the least 2021.https://t.co/wsGY73Yodh pic.twitter.com/4MlppIOCWq
— Celtic Soccer Membership (@CelticFC) December 24, 2018
Dembele informed the membership’s official web site: “It means loads to me to begin my professional profession at Celtic. I got here right here at a younger age, and, after all of the stuff me and household have been via collectively, it will be good to make them proud.
“I might like to say thanks to everybody, and I might like to thank everybody for the whole lot they’ve carried out for me. I might additionally like to thank everybody for the coaching I’ve acquired, the self-discipline I have been taught, and the recommendation I have been given all the way in which.
“Getting consideration at a younger age has been onerous, however I’ve clearly had my household to assist me via that. You want to be sturdy mentally, you want to keep grounded, and also you simply want to get on with the whole lot that you just do every day.”
He added: “My aim is to play for the first group. As soon as I can, I am going to strive to get into the first group, 100 %. Within the Reserves, each coaching session, each recreation — it is all to show myself to the supervisor that I can play within the first group.”
Defending champions Celtic are presently one level above Rangers on the prime of the SPFL desk.