By Mark Smith

4th Mar, 2022 | 4:00pm

Celtic: Ange Postecoglou has to give big chance to Karamoko Dembele or face losing him

Celtic have managed to fight their way back to the top of the Scottish Premiership in recent months, toppling Rangers after their strong start to the season.

Despite that, it has been a real struggle in recent weeks with the draw against Hibernian and the last-gasp goal needed to beat Dundee at Parkhead.

Ange Postecoglou has been stubborn in his selections, but that changed during the 2-0 win against St. Mirren last weekend, with Karamoko Dembele being given a chance off the bench.

This is the start of something special.

Dembele is yet to be given an extended spell in the first-team, but that has to happen now with games against the likes of Livingston and Ross County coming up.

With a decision coming up regarding his next contract and future, Postecoglou addressed that in his latest press conference, insisting that Celtic is the best place for these young players.

Now, it is time for the Australian to prove that.

The young winger came off the bench for minutes but managed to keep more possession of the ball than some of St Mirren’s squad such as Curtis Main and Jordan Jones [WhoScored].

Not right.

Dembele has not been given more than 20 minutes of first-team football in the past three seasons at Celtic, and they are doing a funny job of proving that he is wanted.

To prove to these young players they have a big future, they have to be given that first-team chance, and Postecoglou will know that.

After making his senior debut at the age of 16 at Parkhead, Dembele was at an international tug-of-war between England and Scotland, according to the Daily Star.

We would understand if Diego Jota or Liel Abada were still pulling up trees, but both have struggled in recent weeks and could do with a rest.

Dembele isn’t going to sit around forever, and if the Hoops want to keep hold of him, they have to start giving him consistent minutes. Then, if he doesn’t cut it, at least he was given that chance.

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