Date: 3rd September 2019 at 4:06pm
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Celtic completed a deal ahead of the deadline to sign 18-year-old right-back Jeremie Frimpong from Manchester City on a four-year deal.

What’s the story?

Celtic have been on the full-back trail all summer long and eventually signed Mortiz Bauer from Stoke for the right-back slot. However, Frimpong has been on their radar for some time. The player intimated it when he spoke to Celtic’s official website about the move.

He said: “We played Celtic’s Under-23s and it wasn’t long after that I found out Celtic were interested in signing me,” he explained. “That was incredible, and as soon as I heard, I was excited and I wanted to take this opportunity.

“I started going on YouTube to watch Celtic, and when they were on TV, I watched the games. I watched Sunday’s match against Rangers. What a game! Celtic were brilliant and deserved to win.”

Can Frimpong follow teammates Ntcham’s lead?

Frimpong isn’t the only player to leave Manchester City for Celtic in recent years, Patrick Roberts had a few loan spells at Celtic Park between 2016 and 2018. However, he will be looking to make a similar impact to another ex-City academy player, Oliver Ntcham. Ntcham signed for Celtic from Genoa and has been a pivotal player for the Hoops since joining in the summer of 2017. He’s won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and two league cups.

Frimpong has all the attributes to be a good defender for Celtic in the future. He’s a natural attacking full-back with pace to burn. This season may just come too soon for him to make an impact on the senior team, with Bauer and Hatem Elhamed ahead of him in the pecking order. The youngster will have to bide his time to break into this Celtic team, so he may well follow Ntcham’s lead later on in his Celtic career but at the moment an instant impact looks unlikely for the youngster.


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