Karamoko Dembele’s 5 transfer options as Celtic starlet’s contract expires

Karamoko Dembele has a big decision to make this summer as his contract with Celtic expires.

The 19-year-old showed tremendous potential as he progressed through the ranks at Hoops Academy.

And that got him a lot of interest in where his future as a pro might ultimately lie.

Scotland and England even engaged in a tug-of-war over his international allegiance.

However, Dembele has failed to break into the Celtic first-team and will now aim to boost his career elsewhere.

Soccer Scotland takes a look at five possible options for the midfielder.


As one of two clubs on our list where Dembele would use his family connections, the Cherries could be a decent option for him.

His older brother Siriki currently plays for the newly promoted English Premier League club and would undoubtedly love to play alongside Karamoko.

The midfielder would almost certainly welcome the opportunity to play in the top flight in the South as he remains at the center of an international battle between England and Ivory Coast.

And with Ryan Christie on the Bournemouth books, it would be another Celtic connection for Dembele.

Fleetwood town

Dembele could decide a move to English football is his best option – and why not reunite with his former Celtic captain?

Scott Brown took charge of the League One club earlier this month and has already signed Shaun Rooney from St Johnstone.

As a teenager it would be a decent level for the midfielder to start at if he is looking for more regular first-team football.

And Brown will certainly be familiar with what Dembele is capable of.

Karamoko Dembele celebrates after scoring for Celtic last season
Dembele celebrates after scoring for Celtic last season


Lee Johnson has just taken over Hibs and has already begun to reshape his roster to make amends for a terrible campaign.

Here, at Soccer Scotlandlet’s assume that Easter Road Club could use attacking midfielders as a priority this summer.

And since Dembele can play either in that position or on the wing, he could be an attractive option for them.

However, it would depend a lot on whether he wants to stay in Scottish football or go elsewhere.

North Zealand

The Danish club were linked with a move for Dembele last year but ultimately didn’t respond to his interest at the time.

Nordsjaelland boss Flemming Pedersen confirmed last summer that he was interested in bringing the then-midfielder to Denmark.

Although that never went further, the manager also admitted that in football you can never rule anything out.

Unlikely as it may seem now, you can’t completely eliminate Nordsjaelland from Dembele’s list of options.

Peterborough United

Dembele could follow in his older brother’s footsteps and try his luck at the Posh.

Siriki joined the English club back in 2018 and ended up spending three and a half years with them.

He’s no longer there, of course, but Dembele at least has the example in his own family that Peterborough could be a decent move for him.

Whether the club would be just as interested in signing him remains to be seen.

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