Karamoko’s Teenage Kicks – ‘The noise in the stadium is incredible’

KARAMOKO DEMBELE is eyeing playing a significant part in the big push for 9IAR after getting his first taste of what it feels like to star in Celtic’s first team in the second half on Sunday in the 2-1 win over Hearts.

But before that Karamoko Dembele could become the youngest ever player to appear in a Scottish Cup Final IF he makes the bench and Neil Lennon can introduce him to the action at some stage in the proceedings. You can read all about this in an earlier article on The Celtic Star which you can find HERE.

Karamoko has been speaking to the new edition of The Celtic View, which is out today, about his brilliant debut experience in Paradise and his determination to play his part in winning the league again next season.

“It was really good. I enjoyed it,” Dembele said, looking back on his debut. “I must admit, I was more excited than nervous beforehand.

“I’ve always wanted to make my professional debut for Celtic, I’ve always wanted to play for Celtic, and I’m obviously so happy that it came earlier than it probably should have, given my age,” Karamoko said.

“Now, it’s about continuing as before. The hard work doesn’t stop here, by no means, in fact, this is where I want to start working harder than ever before.

“That’s the league campaign finished, so I want my focus now to be on next season. I can hopefully go away with the first-team on pre-season, keep working as hard as I possibly can, and try to keep myself in the manager’s plans.”

Dembele was amazed by the level the Celtic Noise created in Paradise on Sunday and was thrilled and the brilliant reception that he was given by the support.

“The reception I received from the fans against Hearts on Sunday was absolutely unbelievable. I really didn’t expect it, to be honest!

“I can’t wait to get the chance to play in front of so many passionate fans again. The noise in the stadium is incredible and it just drives you forward.

“As I say, for me it’s about going away now, working hard, and taking any opportunities I can down the line to do things like Sunday all over again.”

Hopefully Celtic are a couple of goals up at Hampden and Neil Lennon can look to his bench to produce another Fairytale Moment in our history by introducing the 16 year old Dembele to give him the record as the youngest ever player to play in a Scottish Cup Final…

POST UPDATE…Neil Lennon confirms to Celtic TV that Karamoko Dembele will be in his squad for the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on Saturday….

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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