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THE DEMBELE DILEMMA

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CELTIC boss Neil Lennon is on the look-out for a wide player, as CQN reported.

The search for a new winger has been stepped up with Mikey Johnston likely to be sidelined for months following calf surgery.

The way could be clear for the once-acclaimed Bhoy Wonder Karamoko Dembele to get the opportunity to show what he can provide in the first team.

The tiny touchline terror is out of contract next June and will be able to leave the club as a free agent.

Dembele threatened to take football by storm when he made his first headline appearance as a 13-year-old for the Under-20s side in a game against Hearts at Cappielow.

Acknowledged as a “special talent”, he has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, but he rarely featured in the treble treble season in 2018/19.

Lennon fielded him at the start of the second-half as a substitute for Oliver Burke in the last league game of the season when the champions beat Craig Levein’s Tynecastle outfit 2-1 where, ironically, Johnston scored both goals.

Dembele even got a place on the bench for the Scottish Cup Final against the same opponents the following week where Odsonne Edouard was the goal hero with a double to claim the Hoops’ ninth successive piece of domestic silverware.

It was expected, the teenager would figure in the first-team plans last time out, but, apart from two substitute outings, there was no show for the flanker who will turn 18 in February next year.

Lennon’s scouting network has marked central defender, left-back and winger as priority signings before the October 5 deadline.

Meanwhile, Dembele waits in the wings to get the opportunity to dazzle for the top side.

 
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