Celtic’s Jeremie Frimpong is one of the best full-backs that have been at the club for a while. He is only at the start of his Hoops career, but he is well on the way to becoming a star. Perhaps one day he will be able to follow in the footsteps of arguably Celtic’s greatest ever full-back, Danny McGrain.
Interestingly enough, Frimpong has revealed details of the time he met the Hoops legend, at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training complex.
“I just had to!”
“As soon as I saw Danny – he was in the canteen, eating his food – I just had to go up and introduce myself. I just had to!” Frimpong said, as quoted in the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 24, Page. 13).
That was my first week at Lennoxtown, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity. He was sitting there by himself, we had a conversation, and he was really nice. That’s huge for a young player like myself from a confidence point of view.”
Who knows, perhaps Frimpong took heart from the meeting with McGrain. He certainly plays with a fearlessness and attacking prowess that the Celtic legend would be proud of.
He is also – for the most part – very good in the challenge, which was a McGrain trait during his years of success at Celtic Park.
Manager has plenty of faith in the player
Frimpong has only been at Celtic for a short time, his rise though the ranks has been rapid. Neil Lennon obviously has plenty of faith in the player, which is why he has started twice against Rangers.
Will he inevitably have a spell where his form dips after such an impressive start? More than likely. However, he has dealt with every setback he has faced in his Hoops career so far – like being sent-off in a cup final, for example.
Frimpong should try to have regular talks with McGrain. If there is one individual that can help a full-back become an even better player, it’s the former Hoops captain.