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Karamoko Dembele could do 100 kick-ups at five-years-old

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Karamoko Dembele took the world of football by storm on Monday night when he made his debut for Celtic's Under-20 side – aged just 13.

Pictures of this tiny teenager dribbling around young men were everywhere with Dembele's name trending alongside the American TV star Kim Kardashian, who had just been the victim of a multi-million-pound robbery, on Twitter.

Far from a short-lived Internet sensation, however, Dembele is on the road to stardom with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all targeting him.

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Indeed, the whizzkid has not just appeared from fresh air. As early as 2008, one Scottish coach knew he had a formidable talent on his hands.

David Feeny was the man in charge of Govan-based Park Villa Boys Club when Dembele turned up for a training session in 2008. He was aged just five-years-old and his boots were apparently too big for him.

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Unbelievable talent

The London-born youngster made an instant impression, as Feeny describes.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “From the minute I saw him, he was unbelievable. He was small but had no fear. It all came so easy to him.

“He’d be in a group with kids who couldn’t control the ball without using their hands. At the same time, Karamoko would rattle off 100 keepy-uppies.

“I watched him keep the ball up, volley it miles up before killing it stone dead as it fell out the sky."

Taking the p***

It wouldn't be long before he was spotted by Celtic's academy, where he would be fast-tracked through the age groups after consistently winning Player of the Tournament awards across Europe to the point he was playing with footballers seven years his senior on Monday.

“We’d have crowds of 40 for our games and most just wanted to watch Karamoko"

But Feeny believes the nine-minute cameo against Hearts would not have fazed him one iota, describing him as fearless.

“Karamoko’s fearless and playing for Celtic U-20s against players seven years older would not have fazed him in the slightest," Feeny continued. "Nothing he achieves in the game would shock me.”

He also revealed the time he ordered Dembele to stop nutmegging opponents.

“We’d have crowds of 40 for our games and most just wanted to watch Karamoko.

“We just tried to teach him good habits — when to dribble, when not to. We also had to tell him to stop nutmegging people all the time because he was taking the p*** a bit!"

International future

Dembele is eligible to play for England and the Ivory Coast but Scotland are planning to seal his future by inviting him into the youth system. The same report claims the Scottish FA will name him in the squad for next month's Under-16 Victory Shield games against Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

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