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Neil Lennon names three Celtic prospects who excite him

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon looks on during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on August 25, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon wants to help bring through the young players at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic celebrates winning the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25,...

Neil Lennon has told the Telegraph that Celtic youngsters Karamoko Dembele, Ewan Henderson and ­Michael Johnston.

Dembele, Henderson and Johnston were all offered game time at Celtic towards the end of last season, and seem to have forced their way into the Bhoys’ first-team squad now.

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Johnston even was selected to play in Celtic’s cup final against Hearts, which they won 2-1 at Hampden Park.

 

And Lennon admits that he thinks that the trio of academy graduates can play big roles at Celtic in the future.

“I am excited about them,” Lennon said. “Dembele lit the place up the other week. He is very important to the club, as are the likes of Henderson and Michael Johnston, who played in the Cup final.

“That will be a huge shot in the arm for Mikey. We think he’s good enough. It’s important for me as a manger to bring players through from the academy. It’s vital we ­develop our own.”

Karamoko Dembele of Celtic in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dembele, in particular, looks like a very exciting prospect for Celtic, with the 16-year-old making a huge impact on debut.

Celtic brought on Dembele at half-time in their final game of the campaign against Hearts, and his display at Parkhead really excited the home crowd.

Dembele could feature far more regularly for Celtic next season, if Lennon does stick with his commitment to bringing through young players.

Karamoko Dembele of Celtic is faced by Conor Shaughnessy of Hearts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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