Scottish Premiership champions Celtic ended their league campaign on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 win over Hearts, the side they face in the Scottish Cup final next weekend, and after the match their fans responded to the sight of a young talent in the game.
The Bhoys took the decision to rest a number of their key men, as they go in search of another domestic treble at Hampden Park, which allowed Neil Lennon to play a number of their youngsters at various points in the match.
With Celtic stalwarts such as James Forrest and Kieran Tierney left on the sidelines, it was an opportunity for the lesser lights to shine.
One of those was Mikey Johnston and he got both the goals in the Bhoys’ victory, but even his thunder was stolen by a half time substitute, who came on for his debut in the Hoops shirt.
16-year-old Karamoko Dembele entered the field for Celtic for the second half, as Lennon rewarded the youngster with a first appearance in the senior set up, in front of a huge crowd at Celtic Park.
He never let the Bhoys down either. Although he wasn’t on the scoresheet, he showed plenty of ability in the 45 minutes that he was on the pitch, and looks to be another high calibre player off the Glasgow outfit’s production line.
The Celtic fans enjoyed what they saw of the teenager, on a day where their side were handed the Scottish Premiership trophy amid huge celebrations at the full time whistle.
After the festivities had died down and everything went back to normal, a number of Bhoys supporters took to social media to comment on Dembele’s performance, with all of them very complimentary about his debut, and expressing their desire to see a lot more of him in the future.
Here are some of their messages:
Cracking day today, not the best game but Dembele and Johnston were bright sparks, looking forward to the cup final and a big summer for Celtic #8InARow #CelticFC 🍀🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🥇 pic.twitter.com/2CxJAMcCoo
— Alex Milobinder (@Yossarian_sco) May 19, 2019
— R.O'M (@rmlarsson7) May 19, 2019
Tin Hat on but we don’t need Patrick Roberts if we have wee Dembele. Didn’t look out of place at 16.#CelticFC
— John Gallacher (@johnga11) May 19, 2019
— Stacey Williams (@Stacey_Cruise) May 19, 2019
Great to Dembele get a game for #CelticFC today. He looks like a brilliant player in the making
— markgrant (@bigglesgr) May 19, 2019
This Dembele is the business!!! Going to be an absolute baller!! #CelticFC.
— Terry O'Brien (@terry_obrien86) May 19, 2019
Henderson, Johnston & Dembele are probably the 3 best young footballers in world football. #CelticFC
— Andrew Cosgrave (@cozzie81) May 19, 2019
— Seoul CSC 서울셀틱서포터즈클럽 (@Seoul_CSC) May 19, 2019