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‘NO PRESSURE ON CELTIC WONDERKID DEMBELE’

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THERE will be no pressure on Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele as he ponders his international future.
The 13-year-old tiny tot has turned out for England Under-15s against Turkey only four weeks after representing Scotland.

Dembele, who plays in midfield, came off the subs’ bench and set up a goal in the English side’s 5-3 victory at St George’s Park earlier this week.

The teenager has already taken part in training camps at the FA’s football centre at Burton-on-Trent before and after his Scots debut in the Victory Shield.

One source insisted: “The lad is simply enjoying new experiences and he is coming under absolutely no pressure from Scotland or England to nail his colours to the mast.

“Why would they do that? He’s only 13 and it would only risk alienating him. He’s a special talent, but no-one knows how that talent will develop in the years ahead, although we hope positively.

“In the meantime, he will be allowed to sample different squads and training camps.

“Scotland don’t have an under-15 age group team, so he is unlikely to feature again until the warm up games to next year’s Victory Shield.”

Dembele is eligible to play for Scotland, where he is being brought up, England, where he was born, and the Ivory Coast, the country of his parents’ birth.

Under FIFA rules, he is able to represent all three youth teams and will only be tied to one nation when he makes his competitive senior international bow.

He hit the headlines when he made a substitute appearance for Celtic’s Under-20s against Hearts in October at Cappielow.

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