Neil Lennon’s ‘eye for a player’ set to give Celtic £10m windfall

Neil Lennon insists he’s bursting with pride that protégé Jeremie Frimpong is set for another major move this summer that will massively benefit Celtic.

Lennon snapped up the marauding full back from Man City’s academy for around £300,000 in 2019 after spotting his talent in a closed-door game at Lennoxtown and 18 months later he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for an eye-watering £11million.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – MARCH 16: Jeremie Frimpong of Bayer 04 Leverkusen competes for the ball with Kristoffer Zachariassen of Ferencvarosi TC during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 leg two match between Ferencvarosi TC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Puskas Arena on March 16, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

That was sensational business for the Hoops but they are set to cash in again with Leverkusen reputedly slapping a £35million price tag on the young Dutchman’s head as Arsenal and Man United vie for his services.

Celtic have a sell-on clause agreed with the Bundesliga side which has been touted as high as 30 per cent so after selling Jota for £25m they could be in for another massive windfall of over £10m.

Speaking to Lennon said:

“He was brilliant for me. I saw him playing for Man City’s 21s at Lennoxtown and I really liked the look of him.

“It was great to see him in the flesh and it’s so much better than looking at Y Scout and watching videos.

“He came in and he just blew us all away with his pace and his quality – and his enthusiasm. He’s got a very infectious personality. He’s a lovely boy but he could be quite naughty at times too.

“He took the plunge to go to Germany and he has excelled and I’m really proud of him.

“He’s deceptive. He’s small but he’s so powerful, good on the ball and quite different from a lot of fullbacks out there.

“I follow his career and I hope he gets the move that he wants now.

Celtic v Livingston – Photo: Andrew Milligan

“It will mean more money for Celtic – and that’s the model: find a young player who can enhance the team and then sell him on for a profit.

“We got a bit lucky with him and got him for about £300,000 because he was a wee bit under the radar but it worked out very well for Celtic.

“We had a few of these with Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dyk and I always follow guys like that – but not just the Celtic lads, Hibs boys too like John McGinn and Ryan Porteous who have obviously gone on to do very well.”

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email


  1. Rabbie Burns on

    Talks himself up nearly as much as Trump & Musk.
    Nae failures in there, Neil, naw?
    Nae wasted transfer fees at aw?
    Constantly tryin tae gaslight the world until he gets another job. Lost all respect when he hung around so long when obvious he’d let us drown durin what shouldae been 10 in a row! No his fault that either, of course! smfh

    • Rabbie Burns on

      Barkas £4 million 💸💸💸💸
      Ajeti £5 million 💸💸💸💸💸

      Aye, great “eye” alright, Lenny.
      Maybe break even noo on that pair of haddies!