Jeremie Frimpong bigs up standard at Celtic after Bayer Leverkusen win

By Euan Davidson

October 1, 2021

Former Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong has shown his class after Bayer Leverkusen’s thumping 4-0 win.

The ex-Bhoys full-back was excellent on the night, running at Celtic defenders and helping to keep a tight Leverkusen line.

In a strange kind of match, Celtic had opportunities to take the lead through Kyogo and Carl Starfelt. Unfortunately, defensive mistakes allowed a formidable opposition in Leverkusen to take advantage.

And that, they certainly did. But Frimpong, who was signed from Manchester City in 2019 [Celtic FC], was full of praise for his former team.

He said [BT Sport/Twitter]:

“[Celtic is] a good team you know. They made it tough for us, especially at the start. They could’ve got a couple of goals. It was a really good game to play in and yeah… this is what you expect from Celtic, Celtic are an amazing team you know?

Celtic 0-4 Bayer Leverkusen | LIVE Reaction

Celtic 0-4 Bayer Leverkusen | LIVE Reaction

“You’ve always got to be ready against Celtic.

“Playing in Germany is really hard, you know? You play against good opponents every day. I’ve improved my game a lot, especially with this team I have. This team’s amazing, the coach…

“I’m improving every day.”

Asked whether it was a better standard in Germany than Scotland, Frimpong said:

“Listen; Celtic and Bayer Leverkusen are both professional teams, you know? So it’s hard both ways.”

Classy move from Jeremie Frimpong after convincing Bayer Leverkusen win over Celtic

Given the reception he got, with some Celtic supporters booing the ex-Bhoys defender’s every touch, he didn’t have to be so respectful. If anything, you would’ve forgiven him for rubbing it in.

For whatever reason, Frimpong was given a harsh welcome, despite playing well enough for Celtic to turn from a £300k player to one who made us £11.5m within a season and a half.

Frimpong won a treble with Celtic, too.

Photo by Jan Kruger – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

He’s definitely improved in the Bundesliga though. Against Celtic, he showed the kind of defensive composure that he sometimes lacked in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, at the other end, we saw Frimpong’s trademark runs, winning fouls with relative ease and taking on Celtic defenders.

There’s a big future ahead for him if he wants it, and so much of that is due to Celtic.

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