Almost two years to the day since young Karamoko Dembele was given his first team debut at home against Hearts at Celtic Park and since then, the young winger has been nowhere to be seen.
The tricky midfielder made a rare substitute appearance against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday and certainly looked lively when he played.
For me, it has been a mystery how the young man has not kicked on and staked a claim in the team, especially since James Forrest has been out injured in the last five months and with width in the side clearly being an issue this year, surely this was young Karamoko’s chance to shine? So why hasn’t he?
Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, ex Celtic defender Mark Wilson agreed and warned that Dembele’s future at Celtic may still come to an end, “I wanted to see Dembele more often this season. He’s been a bit of a strange one, he seemed an absolute wonder kid on the face of it.
“He burst into the side at the tail end of the season before and you’re thinking, we’re gonna see this kid cat at his best. He is going to be drip fed into the team.
“He wasn’t even making squads and by all accounts, it looks like he’s heading out the door. I would like to see him at least three games that don’t mean anything, why not play him?”
With young Dembele’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, would more first team exposure be enough to persuade him to extend his stay at the Hoops or did his flashes of brilliance and trickery flatter to deceive?
There is no about the excitement that surrounded young Demebele has possibly set fan expectations too high, but can we really afford to lose yet another young talent for free?