CELTIC wonderkid Karamoko Dembele is in the running for the iconic Golden Boy that names the best young player in Europe.

The 17-year-old Hoops winger made two substitute appearances – against Cluj and Ross County – during the season as Neil Lennon’s side clinched their ninth successive title.

Dembele, who is under contract for another 12 months, has been named as one of the 100 youngsters battling it out for the honour which has Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappe as previous winners.

The list was compiled by Italian publication Tuttosport, who started the award in 2003.

Dembele took his Parkhead bow in May last year when he came on at the start of the second-half for Oliver Burke in the last Premiership game of the campaign as two goals from Mikey Johnston gave the title kings a 2-1 victory.

Boss Lennon included the teen sensation in his Scottish Cup Final squad for the game against the same opponents a week later.

Odsonne Edouard claimed a second-half double as the Hoops replicated the same scoreline, but Dembele had to be content to remain on the bench on this occasion.

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