Dembele targets breakthrough season after leaving Celtic for Brest

The teenage forward has left Celtic Park after twelve years at the club.

Karamoko Dembele targets breakthrough season after leaving Celtic for Stade Brest SNS Group

Teenage winger Karamoko Dembele has said that he’s relishing “a great opportunity” after leaving Celtic for a move to France.

The young forward, who first caught the eye when playing for Celtic’s under-20s at the age of 13 and has enjoyed a reputation as an emerging talent ever since, has signed a four-year deal with Stade Brest after leaving Glasgow on a free transfer.

Dembele made his debut against Hearts in 2019 but failed to find a regular first team place under Ange Postecoglou as Celtic won the league last season, with a raft of new signings making life more difficult for the 19-year-old to progress.

The forward, who has played for Scotland and England at youth level, now hopes to make an impact at the Ligue 1 club and play regularly in the top flight with a side that finished in 11th place last season.

“I come to Brest because I saw that the project presented by (sporting director) Greg Lorenzi was good,” Dembele said. “It’s something that suits me and I think I can have some playing time here. It was a great opportunity that presented itself to me and it interested me”.

Celtic have made four signings so far this summer. Goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist and left-back Alexandro Bernabei have joined the club, while Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota have returned on permanent deals after succesful loan spells last year.