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There will come a time and a place where Celtic really need to consider the future of the football club.
If you had asked him how happy Peter Lawwell was at this time last year, he would have smiled wryly and expressed utter delight.
After all, his team was busy winning a ninth straight league crown.
However, a year later, the club is in serious trouble.
On the blackboard
Celtic have been nothing short of chaotic this season. Their defense is being violated on a regular basis and they are 11 points behind the Rangers as they pursue a 10th consecutive SPFL title.
On top of that, they are out of Europe and the pressure on Neil Lennon, a coach who is suffering a series of poor results, is mounting.
However, your decision making will get even worse. That’s because it is incredibly unlikely that Karamoko Dembele will play for Celtic again.
Should Dembélé get a more senior share?
Not for me
That’s the word of VideoCelts who revealed a few days ago that the 17-year-old had not been seen in training for two weeks.
With just under a year left on his contract and the club in disarray, his days at Parkhead appear to be numbered.
With Celtic in their current state, it could be detrimental to include such a young player on the team.
That said, it says long after Lennon’s attitude toward the teenager that he can’t even move forward in these tough times.
Dembélé has never started a senior game for the Hoops and has only played four minutes this period, but its immense potential is such that you simply have to give it new terms and the opportunity to play.
He has always played above his age and made his debut for the U-20 team when he was only 13 years old. If that doesn’t tell you that Dembélé has class, nothing will.
The diminutive forward has a lot of tricks on his locker and it would be a shame if he left before he accomplished anything.
You just need to look at the success Aaron Hickey has had since leaving Glasgow to understand why Celtic need to do everything they can to hold on to Dembele.
Hickey left for Hearts in 2018 and now, at just 18 years old, he plays for Bologna in Serie A. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if we saw his current academy darling playing top-level football in a few years as well.
Earlier this year, journalist Alison McConnell spoke about Dembele, saying: “I know there were several Premier League clubs snooping around. I heard what you say about Scotland and England, but I think their priority at the moment is just making their way to the first team. “
That path, however, is clearly not there at the moment.
It is almost unforgivable that they are about to let Dembélé go so easily.
Meanwhile, Celtic missed the next Daniel Arzani this year …