Former Celtic defender Jackie McNamara has described Hoops youngster Jeremie Frimpong as “a real prospect” and feels that he will take plenty of confidence from his recent performances.
The 18-year-old right-back came to the Scottish champions from Manchester City on a four-year deal in September (as per celticfc.net) and scored for Neil Lennon’s side in their 4-0 win at Aberdeen on Sunday.
Speaking to Football Insider, McNamara was full of praise for the teenager, saying: “There’s good energy about him, he seems a real prospect. Neil’s dropped him in in certain games and that was a big game to come in, away from home at Aberdeen.
“He’ll take a lot of confidence away from that. He’ll love the opportunity he’s getting for first-team football. For kids in England, it’s very, very difficult to get – where he’s come in from, it’s hard to break into Man City at a young age. They spend £50m on their full-backs.
“To go in there [Celtic] rather than playing with the under-23s, it’s a fantastic opportunity for him.”
McNamara’s claim that Frimpong “seems a real prospect” is a fair one on the basis of two very effective performances since the October international break.
Lennon also has Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer at right-back but has not been afraid to give the 18-year-old a go recently, starting the teenager in Celtic’s last couple of Premiership games.
He provided an assist on his league debut against Ross County, setting up James Forrest’s goal in the Hoops’ 6-0 victory, and he also had a hand in Liam Fontaine’s own goal that made it 4-0, as noted by Herald Scotland.
His performance that day was commended by Ryan Brown of Read Celtic, who said that he “had the County defence on toast down the right”, and by Sourav Mahanty of thecelticbhoys.com, who wrote: “If this is a sign of things to come then Celtic fans are in for a treat.”
Frimpong then got his first goal in senior football with Celtic’s second in their win at Pittodrie on Sunday. BBC Scotland‘s Alasdair Lamont dubbed the youngster as man of the match, saying that he combined an attacking threat with a mature defensive performance.
Bauer hasn’t featured for the Hoops since their defeat at Livingston earlier this month and his young right-back colleague has made the most of his subsequent two appearances to put himself in strong contention to start regularly.
If Frimpong can build on the strong start to his Celtic career, McNamara’s description of him as “a real prospect” will seem even more accurate.
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