Summer signing, Jeremie Frimpong, impressed immensely on his Celtic debut in a 5-0 win over Partick Thistle. And his post-match comments should leave the fans buzzing about what the future holds for the 18-year-old full-back.
When Celtic managed to sign Jeremie Frimpong from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, it was seen as a major coup for the Scottish Champions. The fact that his former club added a 30% sell-on clause in his Celtic contract should tell you how highly he was rated by the Blue side of Manchester.
Yet upon arrival he was seen as a long-term investment and not someone who would make an instant impact in the first-team. But the 18-year-old made an electric debut last night putting in a man-of-the-match display that saw him leave to a standing ovation from the Hoops fan present to watch the 5-0 rout of their Championship opponents.
Now it feels like the Manchester City academy might have a role to play in the senior squad as well judging by how impressive he was on his debut, not looking out of place for a second. As a matter of fact, Celtic have had their fair share of injury problems this season and could do with all the help they can get to fill in the gaps.
While Elhamed might be the undisputed starter at right-back at this point of time, the Israeli has had his fitness issues as well. And Neil Lennon could do with a quality back-up to Moritz Bauer if Elhamed does end up missing any significant amount of time over a grueling season.
Whatever may be the case, it is safe to say that Frimpong has left Celtic fans buzzing following his debut. And he might have found a way to endear himself even further to the Hoops faithful in his post-match interview.
Speaking to the Celtic website, the 18-year-old said:
“It was my first professional game and the fans; I love them already.
“To hear them when I came off was amazing. I’ve been trying to make a good impression and I found out two or three days ago I was starting. I played well and now I have to keep that going.
“I’m very grateful that the manager gave me a chance.
“It’s a dream come true to play for Celtic. It’s the biggest club in Scotland so it’s amazing. My goal was to play for the first team. I thought I was ready and I proved to the manager I was ready. He gave me a chance and hopefully I can do more.”
That sounds like a man willing to fight for his place in the team. That sounds like a Bhoy!