Brendan Rodgers makes bold claim about Karamoko Dembele first team chances

Brendan Rodgers have revealed that Celtic talented youngster Karamoko Dembele could be playing in the Celtic first team.

Early last season the youngster made a substitute appearance for the Celtic Development side with the 13-year-old creating headlines north and south of the border.

Both England and Scotland are both monitory the young player with clubs across Europe believed to be interested in his development closely.

The school kid has joined in a couple of training sessions with the Hoops first team but Rodgers is well aware that there could be issue if he was slot in straight into first team football.

On Tuesday night against Celtic 16-year-old Harry Cochrane was injured before half time with Rodgers in no rush to push his own highly talented teenager into first team action.

Rodgers told the Daily Mail:

“From a talent perspective I could probably put Karamoko Dembele in to the first team right now but he’s coming up to 15.”

“I have to think about where he is at in terms of his maturation level. Not just his talent level.

“‘I don’t want to get into a whole episode with Craig when I suspect he was being tongue in cheek but if you put a 16-year-old in against the champions at home, who play with an aggression like we do, then you know as a manager what’s coming.

“I am sure that’s something Craig thinks about – but it makes it harder when they cope each time they get put in. You are tempted to keep putting him in again. He’s a good talent who’s still got a lot to learn, of course.

“But he will have certainly have learnt from playing against Celtic in these last two games, and Scott Brown in particular.”

Dembele has been playing for Celtic’s u-16 and u-17 sides this season and will turn 15 later this month.

After the publicity of playing in the Development League he came in for some extra physical treatment but has been used to that since he arrived at Celtic.

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