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  • Frimpong eyes more progress after excellent start to season

    Frimpong eyes more progress after excellent start to season

    By: Tony Connelly on 03 Aug, 2020 16:31

  • JEREMIE Frimpong laid down a marker with his performance in Celtic’s 5-1 win against Hamilton on the opening day of the season and the Hoops defender is confident he will continue to improve as the campaign unfolds.

    Celtic picked up from where they left off in March as the nine-in-a-row champion swept aside Hamilton to take up their place atop the Premiership table.

    Frimpong weighed in with an excellent display down the right-wing where he contributed in attack and defence. The 19-year-old even joined in on the goalscoring rout with Celtic’s second of the afternoon.

    "It's not like me to score often," Frimpong said. “that's one of my targets this season, to get goals and assists, and I'm going to keep working on that.

    "I saw the opposition defender was out of position and there was so much space so I thought if it comes let me get on the end of it. Hopefully, I can carry on getting forward as the season goes on.

    "I enjoy getting forward a lot but sometimes when you make those runs they don't find you. It was a bit of a gamble for my goal because normally I wouldn't do that. If they don't pass it then it's a long way back.”

    Frimpong’s goal came just over 10 minutes after he helped carve open Hamilton for the opening goal of Celtic’s season.

    Hamilton pressed Celtic deep inside their own half early on but the Celtic defence remained composed under pressure, including Frimpong who collected the ball deep inside his own half and broke away from the encircling Accies players. His quick break and link-up play with Ryan Christie helped Celtic catch their opponents on the counter-attack and led to Odsonne Edouard netting the first of his hat-trick.

    Celtic showed no signs of letting up throughout the 90 minutes as they continued to add to their advantage, with Patryk Klimala scoring his first competitive goal for Celtic shortly after coming on as a substitute late on.

    Frimpong said confidence was high within the team and declared he would continue to improve by being part of it.

    “There's confidence in the team because everyone's looking forward to going out and playing and winning,” he said. “That makes you want to do it as well so the confidence comes naturally.

    "I feel like the team's getting better and creating more chances which is good going forward. I feel like I'm improving too. The team is making me a better player. The team has come back strong and that makes you want to be even stronger yourself.”

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