Celtic have announced that 15-year-old wonderkid Karamoko Dembélé has signed his first full-time professional contract with the club
The deal that ties Karamoko Dembele to the club until at least 2021.
The teenager joined Celtic in 2013 and made his Under-20s debut against Hearts in October 2016 – coming off the bench for a side then seven years above his age group.
Celtic’s 13-year-old starlet Karamoko Dembélé makes debut for U20s
“It means a lot to me to start my professional career at Celtic,” Dembélé told the club’s website. “I came here at a young age and, after all the stuff me and family have been through together, it’ll be good to make them proud.
“I’d like to say thank you to everyone, and I’d like to thank everyone for everything they’ve done for me. I’d also like to thank everyone for the training I’ve received, the discipline I’ve been taught, and the advice I’ve been given all the way.”
My brother Siriki, who plays for Peterborough United, first taught me how to play football,” Dembélé continued. “I wasn’t always interested in football but he brought me in and he helped me. He helps me in everything I do. If I have a bad game, he’ll talk to me and he’ll say: ‘Don’t be down, keep your morale high.’
“Getting attention at a young age has been hard but I’ve obviously had my family to help me through that. You need to be strong mentally, you need to stay grounded and you just need to get on with everything that you do on a daily basis.
“Seeing players come through the academy and into the first team gives you hope, because you know they’ve taken the same path. That means you’ve got a chance to make it into the first team if you work hard and give it your all.”
Karamoko Dembélé was born in London and has played for Scotland and England at youth levels but is also eligible to represent Ivory Coast through his parents.