CELTIC’s 16-year-old superkid Karamoko Dembele has been named in an illustrious group of European football’s “finest wonders”.
Respected French sports journal L’Equipe have compiled a list of the six most outstanding young players set to revolutionise the game and the Hoops teen sensation has made the cut.
Dembele, who has starred for both Scotland and England at youth level, is rubbing shoulders with the elite such as Barcelona prospect Ansu Fati, who has earned some rave notices in La Liga this season.
The Parkhead academy graduate exploded onto the scene as a 13-year-old when he made a substitute appearance for the club’s Under-23 side.
He also played in the Hoops’ final Premiership game of the season – a 2-1 win over Hearts – when he came on as a replacement at the start of the second-half for Oliver Burke.
Neil Lennon also gave him a place on the substitutes’ bench against the Tynecastle outfit when the club lifted the Scottish Cup to complete the historic treble treble.
The French publication state: “Vivid and agile, the British striker seems destined for a great career, although questions still surround him, especially his final decision on the international stage.”
Dembele, who is under contract until June 2021 and has been training with the first team this season.
PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM, the Hibs boss, has been handed an immediate two-game ban for his touchline tantrums in the 1-1 draw with Celtic at Easter Road.
The former Barnsley and Leeds gaffer gaffer kicked a water bottle which struck assistant official Alan Mulvanny and was red-carded by referee Kevin Clancy and sent to the stand for his blow-up.
His language towards fourth official Nick Walsh was also reported and Hibs were issued an SFA notice of complaint last week.
The case was heard at Hampden this afternoon and the governing body have decided to uphold the charge.
Heckingbottom will now miss games against Hamilton Accies and Ross County after the international break with another suspended until the end of the season.
ANGUS GUNN, son of former Scotland international keeper Bryan, has snubbed the opportunity to play for the Scots.
The Southampton shotstopper knocked back a bid from Steve Clarke to play for the country of his father who picked up six caps while playing for Aberdeen and Norwich City.
Angus is committed to England after playing for them from Under-16s through to Under-21s.
Bryan, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “Immediately after Stevie was appointed manager he contacted us asking if Angus would change his mind and play for Scotland in the future.
“Angus has been involved with England at different levels and decided that this was the course he wanted to stay on in the future.
“Linking up with Southampton and the opportunities available was also a big move for Angus and I can understand his thinking in this respect as he has a big future in the game.
“He is only 23 and obviously he is still learning. Playing for Southampton in the Premier League is a very big honour.
“It is also obvious that all the England goalkeepers play in the Premier League.”
Angus moved to Southampton from Manchester City in July 2018 on a five-year contract.
His arrival pushed Fraser Forster to third in the pecking order at the south coast club with Alex McCarthy as Gunn’s stand-by.
The skyscraper ex-Celt rejoined the Hoops on loan in August for the remainder of the season.