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  • Frimpong credits Celtic legends' advice for impressive form

    Frimpong credits Celtic legends' advice for impressive form

    By: Tony Connelly on 24 Nov, 2019 09:31

  • JEREMIE Frimpong credited Celtic legends of past and present for helping him settle into the team and make the impressive impact that he has in the Hoops recently.

    The Dutch full-back picked up another Man of the Match award for his performance in Celtic’s 4-0 win against Livingston yesterday (November 23).

    Frimpong made only his sixth appearance in professional football when Neil Lennon named him in the starting XI to face Livingston at Paradise, but the 18-year-old showed no signs of inexperience as he entertained fans with his attacking and defensive work on the right flank.

    Speaking to the media after the game, Frimpong said he was only focused on doing what came naturally to him.

    “When I get on the pitch I just try to do what I do best - attack defend and try to help the team out as much as I can,” he said. “Hopefully I can keep that going. I’ll keep working hard and hopefully the manager will put me in.

    “When you want to play at the top you can’t be shy, you have to go and play. That’s what I’ve been trying to do. I’ve been ready for it all my life. When I drive down the wing I have a clear mind. I focus and block everything else out.”

    The Hoops full-back credited his captain, Scott Brown, for helping his development and revealed a former Celtic right-back had also helped him settle into the role.

    “Everyone’s been helping me but Scott Brown has been helping me a lot," he said. "He’s given me confidence by telling me to keep doing what I’m doing. He said no one can live with me, so go and show the fans what I can do.

    “I knew Scott Brown was a good captain. I heard that a lot coming here. When he plays he always gives 100 per cent and I knew being in his company would help me a lot, so I’m grateful for that.

    “I spoke to Danny McGrain at Lennoxtown when I first came and he helped me a lot too with his advice. I was a winger when I was younger. That was at under-15s and then the coach moved me to full-back. I love it there so it’s good and I’m really happy.”

    Frimpong was recently recognised for his Celtic performances  with a call-up to the Dutch Under-20 national squad. He admitted he was delighted for the opportunity but added his focus was only on the next Celtic game.

    “When I got the call-up to the under-20s squad I was really happy,” he said. “I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully I get more call-ups.

    “I’m looking forward to Ross County now because I’m not registered to play against Rennes due to the circumstances. I’m going to support the boys here on Thursday night and then focus on Ross County.”

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