Neil Lennon has spoken out about the development of Karamoko Dembele with speculation that he will leave Celtic next summer when his contract expires.
The teenager has made just one substitute appearance this season with Celtic short on number for their substitute bench away to Sparta Prague and AC Milan.
To a fanfare in December 2018 Celtic announced that a two year professional contract would be signed when the player turned 16 three months later but the progress expected hasn’t yet been delivered.
Picking up on the situation the Daily Record reports:
Lennon revealed the pandemic has slowed the progress Karamoko Dembele.
He said: “He is 17 and it is difficult for the kids because there is no real games programme this year. We just have to be patient. He is a quality player but physically he has a bit of development to do to be part of the first- team squad.”
Cameron Harper, Ewen Henderson and Stephen Welsh were all on the bench against Lille in midweek despite being in the same predicament in terms of the lack of fixtures.
Scott Robertson at Gillingham and Kerr McInroy are getting the match experiences that their careers need but it looks debateable whether Karamoko will remain at Celtic next season with his development appearing to stall.