When Celtic signed a 18-year-old Jeremie Frimpong from Manchester City earlier in the summer, most fans could be forgiven for not making too much of the signing. After all, Celtic were fresh off of an elimination from the qualifying phase of the Champions League for the second year running and the fans were craving for established stars instead of projects like Frimpong.
A few months on and nobody can stop talking about him. After the club had brought in Hatem Abd Elhamed and Mortiz Bauer, it had looked like Frimpong was destined to spend the season playing for the club’s youth side like fellow summer signings Lee O’Connor, Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi. But instead, he managed to break into the first-team after impressing Neil Lennon in training and has not been out of the picture since.
His performances have surely raised the interest of clubs around Europe and there will be no lack of suitors if Celtic decided to test the market for him. But that does not look likely as Frimpong appears to be set for a long stay at the club.
As reported by the Daily Record, when asked about a move back to the Premier League, the Dutch youngster said:
“No, I’m at Celtic and this is where I’m staying. The fans love me and I love them, so I’m staying here.
“When I came here I wanted to win trophies and Celtic are the right team to do that with. I thought I’d have to wait a while. I didn’t think everything would happen this quick.
“But I always knew that one day I’d prove myself. I want to keep doing it for the fans and my team-mates.
“Obviously, the club brought in two experienced guys at right-back, so I thought I’d have to wait. But when you get your chance you have to take
Frimpong’s words will be music to the ears of Celtic fans who are certainly in no hurry to see the 19-year-old leave Parkhead.
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