Mark Wilson insists too much pressure was placed on Karamoko Dembele at Celtic

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Kevin Thomson insists too much pressure was placed on Karamoko Dembele at Celtic
Kevin Thomson insists too much pressure was placed on Karamoko Dembele at Celtic

FORMER Celtic defender Mark Wilson believes that Karamoko Dembele was unable to break into the first team at Parkhead because of lofty expectations placed on the youngster's shoulders.

The winger - who garnered significant attention in his mid-teens as a rising star in the Glasgow club's academy - sealed a move to Stade Brestois earlier this week after his contract in Scotland expired.

The 19-year-old made a total of 10 first-team appearances before departing and Wilson thinks that the hype surrounding Dembele didn't do him any favours at Celtic.

"He’s got probably something to prove," Wilson told Clyde1 Superscoreboard. "He will be desperate to show that he is the player everybody thought he could be.

"So it could be just the whole spotlight on him in this country. I mean, how many kids can we say that about in Scotland? Well, it’s incredibly difficult.

"I wish we would stop putting so much pressure on our young players who come through because it does hinder them. There’s no doubt about it.

"You know, we should let them go and play, dip in and out the team when it suits. And there was so many questions.

"Why is he not starting in the first team?

"He obviously wasn’t quite ready and even when he did play, the fans seen him coming on, they would be expecting too much again.

"There’s no doubt he’s got talent. And I wish him all the best. I hope he goes away and I hope he plays for a number of years.

"I mean, you get it in England. Remember Wayne Rooney came through from 16, this kid is a wonderkid and he proved he was. This goes back a long, long way.

"I mean, this goes back - since 2013 this kid has had this pressure. How do you deal with that?"

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