Jeremie Frimpong exchanges messages with Celtic squad ahead of Leverkusen test

By John McGinley

September 30, 2021

Bayer Leverkusen talent Jeremie Frimpong is still friends with a number of players within the Celtic squad, he’s told reporters in the build-up to tonight’s match.

Celtic face the German outfit in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League in a matter of hours.

Frimpong was a popular member of the Celtic squad after being signed by Neil Lennon in 2019.

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His time at Celtic was short-lived, leaving the club in January of this year to make the move to Bayer. However, he certainly made an impact and remains friends with a number of first-team players at the club.

In fact, when the draw was made between Celtic and Leverkusen, his phone lit up with messages from his former teammates.

Speaking to The Daily Record, he explained: “I was at home and the players texted me – Mikey, Boli Bolingoli. They text me to say ‘We’ve got you in the group’

“I was like ‘what?’

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“Then I went inside and saw the group I was like ‘yeah’. It’s good to be back.

“They can’t wait to see me. Me too. Obviously, they were good friends. We still are friends. It’s really amazing to be back.

“When I was in the car coming here I was just looking at the streets and remembering it all. When I see the stadium again, the inside, it’s really amazing to be back, really nice.”

Frimpong is having an impressive season in Germany. In fact, he could be considered as one of the German side’s key threats tonight.

With four assists in eight appearances this term, including two in the opening Europa League group stage match, he has the tools to cause us problems out wide.

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We know the kind of trickery and pace he can produce in the open spaces in Celtic Park from his time at the Bhoys.

It sounds like there’s fondness on both sides of tonight’s divide, but the only thing that matters to supporters is shutting Frimpong down and picking up a quality European result for Celtic.

I’m not allowing fun on this one!

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