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Born in London to Ivorian parents, winger Dembélé has lived in Glasgow, Scotland, nearly all of his life, and joined local side Celtic's youth setup aged 10. He gained significant media attention when he made his debut for the club's U-20 team three years later, and on Sunday he was given his first team bow against Hearts.
Coming on as a 46th minute substitute with the game level at 1-1 for Oliver Burke, himself formerly tipped as a teen sensation, Dembélé helped the Celts to a 2-1 win courtesy of a late Michael Johnston winner, wowing observers with pace, intelligence and talent that belied his years.
Karamoko Dembele's highlights from his Celtic first team debut, at the age of 16 pic.twitter.com/DITHvvnllX
Celtic's win in the final game of the season was capped with Scottish Premier League title celebrations at Parkhead, and Dembélé collected his winner's medal after the match and lifted the championship trophy, later partying on the pitch with his family.
Following his electric debut, social media became awash with highlight videos from fans still stunned at the teenager's show of flair. Some audaciously suggested "he's already too good for Scottish football", while others took the chance to ridicule long-time Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Karamoko Dembele's highlights from his Celtic first team debut, at the age of 16 pic.twitter.com/DITHvvnllX— The Render (@TheRenderSports) May 19, 2019
Karamoko Dembele aged sixteen,has one more league medal than Steven Gerrard aged 38.— Champions67 (@sconnelly1888) May 19, 2019
Steven Gerrard 504 league appearances - 0 League Titles— Adam Lynch (@AdamLynch27) May 19, 2019
Karamoko Dembele 1 league appearance - 1 League Title
Is it cold in his shadow?
This wee guy Karamoko Dembele is going to be a huge star for Celtic, loved the scenes with his family pic.twitter.com/m1c0ZL8bGe— Norrie Sinclair (@Sinky65) May 19, 2019
Karamoko Dembélé becomes the first Celtic player to win the Ballon d'Or.— bet365 (@bet365) May 19, 2019
*saves in drafts*
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