Jeremie Frimpong explains why he left Manchester City for Celtic

By David Walton

December 8, 2019

Jeremie Frimpong’s decision to leave Manchester City for Celtic couldn’t have worked out better than he would’ve hoped.

The young Dutchman has had a storming first few months in Glasgow. Already this season, he’s managed to bag his first 11 senior outings (Transfermarkt). Beforehand, he had yet to make a single appearance in first-team football.

Last season, Frimpong was playing under-23 football with City, but a passage into the first-team looked next to impossible. With competition at the Etihad through the roof, Frimpong knew he would have to move on if he was to discover his true ambitions in football.

Premier League 2 football is beneath Jeremie Frimpong these days (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

And the enthusiastic right-back has been explaining his decision in the Daily Mail. Here’s what he had to say on his big summer move:

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

“I had a good season with the Under-23s, but I didn’t want to do that again because I’d already done it. I wanted first-team football and if that wasn’t coming at City then it had to be somewhere else.

“It wasn’t easy for me leaving, I’d been there all my life. But I had to try it. If you are passionate and serious about football, you can’t be staying the same.

“You can’t be standing still. You have to go higher and higher and higher and strive for the top. And when you get there? You still can’t stop.”

Maturity and enthusiasm in abundance

Frimpong managed to break the trend of youth players who remain happy to just be a number. Being at a club such as Man City, it would’ve been easy for him to stay in Manchester and act as though he was in the best place for this development.

Frimpong has managed to taste senior football at Parkhead (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, playing against the likes of Aberdeen, Hibernian, and Motherwell to name a few will do his career much more good than facing any side in the Premier League 2. He’s also now in the spotlight and is clearly highly-rated by the Hoops fans, who continue to shower praise on him.

In a further boost for Frimpong, manager Neil Lennon has already stated that he’ll be looking at potentially putting him in our next European squad (Celtic TV). The Dutchman didn’t make the original squad submitted to UEFA for the group stages, but has a good chance of being included in the last-32 team.

He could also be given a huge starring role against Rangers this afternoon to top everything off. Frimpong was a key player in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup against Hibernian. He’s shown he can compete in any other fixture this league has to offer him. Today, however, will be his acid test.

Frimpong could be set for the game of his life tonight (Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Frimpong also told the Daily Mail that he believes he needs to work mainly on his defending. If he starts today, that’ll be tested by Rangers’ Ryan Kent. He’ll need to show real efficiency to keep the former Liverpool man quiet – something Mikael Lustig often struggled to do in his final few months at Celtic.

So we could be about to find out a lot more of Frimpong’s abilities today. Hopefully, he comes through it with flying colours.