Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong has been rewarded for his performances at club level with an international call-up.
The Daily Record reported that the 18-year-old right-back has been named in Netherlands’ under-20 squad for their upcoming fixture against Czech Republic.
As noted by the Daily Record, the teenager has been capped three times for his country’s under-19 side but is in line to make his debut at the higher age group in the coming days.
The 18-year-old has been steadily integrated into the Celtic first team by manager Neil Lennon, though, making his debut in the Betfred Cup against Partick Thistle in September and playing in a further four games prior to this month’s international break. [via TransferMarkt]
The youngster made an instant impression in his first two Premiership matches last month, setting up one of the Hoops’ goals in the 6-0 drubbing of Ross County and then scoring his first senior goal in the 4-0 win at Aberdeen a week later. [via TransferMarkt]
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With the more experienced Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer also among Lennon’s right-back options, Frimpong has yet to play in the Europa League. However, with Celtic safely through to the knockout stages with two group matches still to play, the teenager could be given a first taste of European action in a low-pressure environment over the coming weeks.
His performances during the season have earned praise from a few ex-Celtic players. Chris Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column that the 18-year-old had “thrown his hat in to the ring at right back” following his debut against Partick Thistle.
After Frimpong scored against Aberdeen, Jackie McNamara told Football Insider: “There’s good energy about him, he seems a real prospect.”
Frimpong had no experience of senior football before coming to Celtic, but having a goal and an assist to his name after just five appearances suggests that he is an exciting young right-back who seems determined to seize upon any first team opportunities that he gets.
His call-up to the Dutch under-20 squad should spike his confidence even further and hopefully he can return from the international break without injury, as Lennon has shown faith in him and will likely continue to do so, especially with Abd Elhamed set to be ruled out with a groin problem until at least next month (as per Daily Record).
Celtic fans, are you happy to see Frimpong called into the Dutch under-20 squad? Do you expect him to get regular game-time between now and the end of the season? Give us your views in the comments section below!
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