Karamoko Dembele has put his sights onto the Celtic first-team after enrolling his initial full time expert contract at age 15.

The highly-rated midfielder joined Celtic in a decade old in 2013 and left his own Under-20s debut against Hearts at October 2016.

The bargain ties him to the Scottish champions until at least 2021.

“This means much to me to begin my professional career at Celtic,” he told the official Celtic website.

“I came at an old age and, after all the stuff family and me have been through together, it is going to be helpful to make sure they are more happy.

“My purpose is always to play for the first team. As soon as I could, I’m going to try to get in to the first team, 100%.

“From the reservations, every training session, every game – it’s about to prove myself for the manager I can play at the first team”

As a 13 yearold, Dembele made his international debut in 2016 if he played for Scotland U16s from the Victory Shield.

However, a month later he featured within an England U 15 side that be at Turkey 5-2 in St George’s Park.

Dembele can be eligible to play with for Ivory Coast and won’t be linked with a national team until he also makes a competitive senior look.

“Getting attention at a young age was hard, but I’ve clearly needed my children to help me through this,” he further added. “You want to become strong mentally, you will need to remain educated and you just have to begin everything you do on a daily basis.

“Seeing players come through the academy and into the primary team provides you confidence, because you know they will have taken the identical path.

“That means you have got a opportunity to make it into the initial team in case you work hard and give it all.”

Karamoko Dembele


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