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Karamoko Dembele's unbelievable first touch on Scotland U16 debut

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Karamoko Dembele is the name on everyone's lips at the moment.

The 13-year-old - that's right, 13 - found fame back in August when he came on as a substitute for Celtic Under-20s in the 81st minute.

A video also went viral of Dembele tearing it up against boys his own age, where he demonstrated blistering pace, skill and control.

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His meteoric rise took another step in the right direction last week, when the English-born winger made his debut for Scotland Under-16s against Wales in the Victory Shield.

Dembele came off the bench in the second half to make his bow and once again impressed, with one moment of magic encapsulating just how talented he is.

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In the video below, Dembele produced an unbelievable first touch to spin away from an opponent and launch an attack. Words simply can't do it justice.

DEMBELE VS WALES

Wow. Lionel Messi genuinely would have been proud of that.

Scotland Under-16s coach Brian McLaughlin heaped praise on Dembele following the 2-2 draw, describing his cameo performance as "fantastic".

"He was fantastic," he said, per the Daily Mail. "You can't get everyone on the pitch, which is a pity when their families are there to watch.

Scotland U16 v Northern Ireland U16 - Victory Shield

"But there were three players making their debuts tonight and Karamoko was a part of it.

"He came on, he did well, he gave us a little bit of energy. He's very, very brave on the ball and he loved the occasion.

"Tonight just felt like the right time to bring the young man on. It was a great learning experience for him."

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