German media tip Jeremie Frimpong as decisive factor for Bayer Leverkusen against Celtic

By Euan Davidson

November 25, 2021

German media, specifically the Bundesliga website, have tipped Bayer Leverkusen for success against Celtic, and have listed Jeremie Frimpong as a key reason why.

They do things a little differently in Germany, it seems. There’s extensive coverage of the game and opinion coming straight from the top league itself. Imagine, if you will, the SFA listing reasons as to why Celtic might beat Bayer Leverkusen tonight. It just wouldn’t happen.

Amongst the Bundesliga’s five reasons why Seoane’s side will prosper tonight, returning players and a positive result at Celtic Park are listed. But most curiously, from a Celtic point of view, is the importance of Jeremie Frimpong.

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Bundesliga said:

“Jeremie Frimpong made 51 appearances in all competitions for Celtic before moving to Leverkusen in January. The 20-year-old right-back has started all 16 of his side’s games across the Bundesliga and Europa League so far, and has two assists in the latter after setting up both goals in Bayer’s 2-1 victory over Ferencvaros.

“The Dutchman took his tally to four Bundesliga assists at the weekend after teeing up Adli for the winner against Bochum. Having won the Scottish domestic treble with Celtic, Frimpong’s teammates will again be looking to him for ways to get the inside track against the men in green and white.”

From a playing perspective, sure; Frimpong is a quality full-back. He was more than decent at Celtic. Moving to the Bundesliga, though, has raised his game substantially. But there are a couple of issues with this hypothesis.

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Jeremie Frimpong left a very different Celtic to join Bayer Leverkusen

The changes at Celtic have been so wholesale that it’s hard to believe we’re in the same year as one of Frimpong’s last games for the club.

In his last games for Celtic, Frimpong lined up beside Shane Duffy, Diego Laxalt and Kristoffer Ajer. All three have gone. Joe Hart has since come in to stop the carousel of goalkeepers, the defence is almost entirely new.

Most importantly, we have a new manager in Ange Postecoglou, who’s brought several key players into the first-team. The approach is different, the attitude at the club is different, and the diamond that was being used by Neil Lennon remains in the past.

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In terms of an inside track, he’ll know some of the key players, certainly. But enough to provide Bayer Leverkusen boss Gerardo Seoane with a full insight into the current Celtic team?

Now, this isn’t to discredit Jeremie Frimpong; far from it. He was on the winning side at Celtic Park last time round. He was a great prospect for Celtic, and made the club a significant profit. Money that was used to rebuild a squad which fans are happy with.

But it’s fair to say the Bundesliga have got a little carried away with themselves here.

Can he be a key player tonight? Yeah, of course. He’s shown in one of the top leagues that he’s a quality defender who can provide assists. That’s immensely valuable.

Will it be, however, because of his insider knowledge of Celtic? Almost certainly not.

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