Scott Brown has compared a 19-year-old Celtic youngster with former teammate, Kieran Tierney, who left Parkhead for Arsenal in the summer.
Kieran Tierney leaving Celtic in the summer for Premier giants, Arsenal, was certainly a huge blow to the Glasgow club. Tierney had established himself as one of the top stars at the club in a short amount of time. Celtic fans would have hoped that he would stay at the club long term and one day take over the captaincy from Scott Brown but that was not to be as a 25 million transfer saw him switch sides in August.
Yet it is not all gloom at Celtic Park as the club have done very well this season despite Tierney’s departure. They have already won the Scottish League Cup by beating Rangers at Hampden Park, are leading the Premiership by two points at the moment and qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League by topping a tough group that had the likes of Lazio, Rennes and CFR Cluj. Tierney on the other hand has struggled with injuries at Arsenal.
It is actually amazing how much the left-back had achieved in his short time as a senior player at Celtic. After coming through the academy, he won 11 trophies in just 5 seasons and also won the PFA Scotland Player of the Year three straight times. But since his departure, other stars have emerged at Parkhead and the club looks set for the future.
One such star is 19-year-old Jeremie Frimpong. The right-back was signed in the summer from Manchester City and even the most optimistic could not have predicted the impact he would make at the club instantly. He has scored twice and assisted as many goals in just 7 appearances. And longtime Celtic captain, Scott Brown, has even compared him with Kieran Tierney.
As reported by Daily Record, Brown said:
“I don’t think there’s been anyone apart from him and Kieran who’ve broken into the team at that age and done that well in such a short amount of time.
“He will be worth serious money in a few years. The main aim for us is to keep improving him. Kieran is the template for everyone that’s come through. His attitude and love for the club as well.
“He is (incredible value for money). There’s no other way you can put it.”
Frimpong will be a huge asset to the club for years to come. The big issue will be holding on to him as his performances will surely attract the attention of the top European clubs.