WATCH: Highlights as 16-year-old wonderkid Karamoko Dembele lights up on Celtic debut

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Karamoko Dembele

Neil Lennon believes Celtic fans were given a “glimpse of the future” when 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele made his debut in the 2-1 win over Hearts at Parkhead.

Dembele replaced the injured Oliver Burke for the second half, with the game at 1-1 after fringe player Mikey Johnston’s early opener had been cancelled out by Jake Mulraney.

Dembele went through his repertoire of tricks to the delight of the home fans, although it was 20-year-old Johnston who drove in the winner, giving the Hoops the win which meant they finished the season nine points ahead of Rangers, before they were presented with the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy for the eighth successive season.

Interim boss Lennon said of Dembele’s cameo: “He was great to watch. He is the type of player that you want at Celtic.

“He gets the crowd off their feet with their football intelligence.

“Everyone talks about the skill, but his football intelligence was very good.

“I was delighted for him, Obviously we need to keep a lid on it, but it’s great that the fans have seen the glimpse of the future.

“It was a great time, end of the season, 45 minutes.

“The kid is 16, we know how talented he is and we just want to develop him in the right way.

“He has been training with the first team and he has had a very good season with the development team and I had no hesitation giving him 45 minutes

“There was always a plan to give him some game time, but with Burkey going off we thought we should throw him in there and let him play.”

Lennon made seven changes to the side which lost 2-0 against Rangers at Ibrox last week, with several regulars rested to get over niggles and knocks for the Scottish Cup final against the Gorgie side at Hampden Park next week, where the Hoops can clinch an unprecedented treble treble.

He said: “Filip Benkovic, Nir Bitton, Olivier Ntcham, Scott Sinclair needed game time and it was important that they played for match sharpness and fitness and all the things you get from the game today, bearing in mind that they could be involved in the final next week.”

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Jose Mourinho expects to be managing again in July with Juventus, Bayern Munich and Lyon seats opening up

David Cooper 18/05/2019
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Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is adamant he will be back in a managerial hotseat this summer with job openings across Europe presenting themselves.

The former Manchester United boss has been gracing television screens across the globe as a pundit after being sacked by the Premier League giants in December.

However, the Portuguese is keen to step back into management with opportunities springing up across European Football.

Indeed, Serie A serial winners Juventus parted ways with Max Allegri on Friday while Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is expected to be sacked at the end of the season with Lyon also on the hunt for a new coach after Bruno Genesio stepped down.

“I have a lot of qualities and one of them is to respect other clubs and their management,” Mourinho told French radio station RMC [h/t Goal.com]. “I have never spoken like ‘this club wanted me, they contacted me.’

“When I left Manchester United in December, I immediately took the decision I want to work from summer. I hope to be back to work in July in a project I really like.”

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WATCH: Beautiful reaction from Richarlison as he finds out about Brazil selection

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Brazil forward Richarlison

Hosts Brazil included injured defender Thiago Silva in their squad for the Copa America, coach Tite announced on Friday.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Silva, 34, has been suffering from a knee issue since mid-April but Brazil’s physio Fabio Mahseredjian said the former captain could be in a “good condition” by May 28.

The world’s most expensive player Neymar was also included having returned from more than two months on the sidelines with a foot problem.

There was no space for Tottenham’s Champions League hero Lucas Moura despite his hat-trick in last week’s semi-final second leg against Ajax nor for Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior.

Everton winger Richarlison is included in the 23-man group after an impressive season in the English top flight and he was absolutely ecstatic with his selection as you can see below.

The eight-time winners face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru in the group stage, which start on June 14, after two friendlies against Qatar and Honduras.

BRAZIL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Ederson (Manchester City/ENG), Cassio (Corinthians)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Fagner (Corinthians), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Miranda (Inter Milan/ITA), Eder Militao (Porto/POR)

Midfielders: Casmeiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Fernandinho (Manchester City/ESP), Arthur (Barcelona/ESP), Allan (Napoli/ITA)

Forwards: Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan/ITA), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/ESP), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Everton (Gremio), David Neres (Ajax/NED), Richarlison (Everton/ENG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City, ENG)

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