Celtic icon Danny McGrain has stated that Jeremie Frimpong could one day leave the club for as much as £50m.
Frimpong has found his way back into the Celtic side thanks to James Forrest’s injury and has been thriving ever since. The Dutchman has shined in recent games against Riga and Hibernian, and has some big opportunities ahead against Sarajevo and Rangers respectively.
Of course, such impressive displays will eventually catch the eyes of bigger or richer clubs. Celtic will undoubtedly have Frimpong earmarked as a potential big-money sale further down the line too.
And when that time comes, McGrain believes the young dynamo could leave for an incredible valuation.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, McGrain said: “Frimpong is an excellent young player. He’s only 19 — I can’t wait to see him play when he’s in his 20s. The first thing that caught my eye about him was his willingness to immediately take on the player in front of him.
“Frimpong plays like a winger, almost. They said the same about me when I played. He’s full of confidence and I admire the runs he makes. He’s clever.
“If he isn’t at the club for a long time, then the way he’s going I’m pretty sure there will be £50m in the bank for him! Frimpong looks to be on the road to being an exceptionally good player — but he’s still young and has so much ahead of him. But all things being well, he’s going to be a top player. Frimpong is already a great prospect.”
Frimpong shouldn’t take this with a pinch of salt
To have a club legend like Danny McGrain, and a legend who played in your position, talk you up like this is something Frimpong must take both immense pride and confidence from.
McGrain labelling him a £50m future sale shows exactly what he thinks of him. And whilst many may scoff at the figure, we would all agree that we want to keep the right wing-back here for the long-term.
Therefore, it’s not inconceivable, given how the market has blown up over the years, that Celtic do get somewhere in the region of that when we decide to cash in. He’s absolutely electric, and the fact he’s showing what he is before even becoming 20 years old is atually pretty frightening.
But it’s not the projected valuation from McGrain that Frimpong should be delighted with. It’s the fact he’s on the Celtic great’s radar and is being spoken so highly of by a former captain.
All eyes will be fixated on Frimpong when Celtic travel to Sarajevo tomorrow night, and even before kick-off it’s almost certain to be the Dutchman who proves to be our main goal threat.
It’ll be interesting to see how he responds to all of the praise coming his way. Managing to find consistency is now his main challenge.