Moussa Dembele on Karamoko Dembele - We didn't want to kick him

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
Dembele scored five goals in three league games last month and a double in the Champions League

Celtic's Karamoko Dembele has been given a taste of first team training but the 13-year-old was treated with kid gloves, revealed namesake Moussa.

The youngster made headlines this month when making his debut for the Scottish champions' development team.

"We didn't want to kick him because he is still so small," said in-form striker Dembele, no relation.

"He is a good talent but we have to wait and see how he will improve as a player."

The older Dembele has netted 12 goals since his summer move to Celtic from Fulham and has been keeping last season's top scorer Leigh Griffiths out of the starting line-up.

Rodgers urges calm over 13-year-old Dembele

"There is no number one or two," said the 20-year-old, who was picking up the Premiership player of the month for September award.

"I am a striker. Each time the manager gives me a chance, I give my all for Celtic.

"This was the next step for me after Fulham. I had to show I could do it at a high level with a massive club.

"From my first day, the lads have made me welcome. In an environment like this you settle quick and that has helped me score goals."

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