CELTIC skipper Scott Brown believes Parkhead is the perfect place for 13-year-old sensation Karamoko Dembele to realise his potential.

The Hoops academy prospect hit the headlines during the week when he made his debut for the Under-20s side in their 3-1 win over Hearts at Cappielow on Monday.

Dembele came on for the last nine minutes while viral clips of him performing against rival youngsters from the likes of Barcelona have already sparked speculation he is on the brink of becoming football’s next superstar.

Brown, though, preaches caution and said: “Karamoko has been up training at Lennoxtown a couple of times.

‘He looks the part, but he’s still got a little bit of development to go and I’m sure he’ll be a good player and a prospect.

“When you see him playing against Barcelona and he’s running past 13 and 14-year-olds like they are not there it shows you that he’s got a bit.

“But he’s got a lot to learn, as well, and with our gaffer I’m sure he’ll learn as much as he possibly can.

“Our youth academy is great with the young ones coming through and all they do is look after them and try to protect them as much as possible.”

Brown reckons there is no-one better for Dembele to look to for inspiration than 19-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney.

The midfielder added: “Kieran has got his feet firmly on the floor. He’s a nice, nice kid. He stays with his mum and dad and is just loving every single minute of playing for Celtic.

“He’s been fantastic since he came into the team. I saw him come through the Under-20s and the 19s and he was exceptional coming through those levels.

“Keiran’s taken his chance. Emilio Izaguirre has been fantastic for us for a number of seasons, but for Kieran to get in ahead of him shows how well he must be doing.”

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