KARAMOKO DEMBELE sealed his Celtic exit when he signed a four-year deal with French side Stade Brest.
The 19-year-old one-time wonder Bhoy left Parkhead at the end of his contract and, amazingly, without starting a solitary game for the Hoops.
However, the winger is promising to take Ligue 1 by storm as he attempts to make up for lost time after being tipped for super stardom as a 13-year-old academy product who hit the headlines in 2016 when he made a substitute appearance for the club’s Under-20 side.
ON THE RUN…Karamoko Dembele in his final Celtic appearance as a substitute in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Dundee United at Tannadice on March 14.
Despite the initial promise, the tricky, little raider only turned out 10 times for the top side and scored one goal, netting the fourth in a 4-0 win over St Johnstone at Parkhead at the tail-end of the disastrous 2020/21 campaign.
Dembele was impressed by his new manager during talks and, in a report in the Daily Record, revealed: “I came to Brest because I saw that the project presented by Greg Lorenzi was good. It’s something that suits me and I think I can have some playing time here.
“It was a great opportunity that presented itself to me and it interested me.
“I’m very explosive, I like to have fun and give it to the fans and I like to score and win.”
THUMBS UP…Karamoko Dembele is ready to shine for French club Stade Brest.
Dembele will wear the No.18 shirt for his new club that ended in eleventh position in the 20-team Ligue 1 last season.
Ange Postecoglou was eager to see the youngster in action last summer, but, unfortunately, the London-born Glasgow-raised player was injured in the pre-season encounter at Bristol City and didn’t figure until after the turn of the year.
He made two substitute appearances against Hearts and Dundee United before finally saying farewell to Celtic.