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  • Neil Lennon: Frimpong is a fantastic talent

    Neil Lennon: Frimpong is a fantastic talent

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 24 Nov, 2019 14:01

  • IN only his sixth appearance for Celtic, Jeremie Frimpong produced another Man of the Match performance to help the Hoops beat Livingston 4-0 at Paradise.

    The display by the 18-year-old Dutch defender drew praise from his manager, who said after the game: “He’s made us better, there’s no question of that.

    “I have to say that performance, in isolation, is one of the best I’ve seen from a right-back at Celtic. It had everything – pace, power, assists, shots on goal, recovery runs, defending well. For a kid of 18 to come into a daunting environment like this, he’s handling it brilliantly but his talent is unequivocal.

    “He’s got great upper-body strength, in tight areas he’s amazing on the ball, and he’s been a real find. We obviously don’t want to shower him with too much too early because we’ve got a long season ahead of us, but he’s contributing immensely at the minute.”

    Frimpong came to Celtic’s attention after Neil Lennon and his coaching staff watched him play a development game for Manchester City against Celtic, and while it was a real team effort to bring him to the club, the Hoops boss said that the teenager deserves praise for his progress.

    “We thought he would be a very good, emerging talent, but he’s just meteorically come through and it’s down to him really,” he said.

    “He’s obviously not registered for Thursday so Moritz Bauer will come into our thinking for that one, with Hatem out as well, but there’s no question that if you look at the results we’ve had with Jeremie in the team, and Tom Rogic too, the volume we’ve scored has been unbelievable. That’s not just down to those two, but they’ve made telling contributions since they’ve come in.”

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