Jeremie Frimpong sends heartwarming message to Neil Lennon after Celtic exit

By David Walton

February 24, 2021

Former Celtic right-back Jeremie Frimpong has provided a heartwarming message to Neil Lennon on social media this afternoon.

Frimpong parted ways with Lennon’s Celtic last month to join Bundesliga heavyweights Bayer Leverkusen. The deal could eventually rise to £11.5million [Daily Record], and it was the former Hoops boss that gave Jeremie his big break.

Indeed, Lennon signed the Dutchman from Manchester City in the summer of 2019. From there, Frimpong would shine at Parkhead and bag 51 appearances for the club [Transfermarkt]. Lennon would state after Frimpong’s departure that he was left feeling “let down” by the player’s urge to leave [Glasgow Times].

But it appears Jeremie only has good things to say about the Northern Irishman. Reacting to his departure on Twitter, it’s clear the affection and gratefulness he still has for Lennon:

Jeremie Frimpong owes a lot to Neil Lennon despite controversial departure

It’s great to see this from Frimpong. He does indeed owe a lot to Lennon for how much he was backed at Parkhead. Had Celtic not plucked him from City, goodness knows where the speedster would be playing now.

And it appears he’s making an instant impact in the Leverkusen team also. Frimpong has made four appearances for Bayer and looks like kicking on in a big way next season.

For Celtic fans, there’ll always be plenty of regret regarding this one. Had things been going much better this season with 10-in-a-row in sight, you have to imagine Jeremie would’ve stayed.

Jeremie Frimpong in action for Celtic against Livingston (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

In the end, nobody could blame him for his departure despite the untimely nature of it. With Celtic’s season petering out, it’s clear he believed that a higher-quality environment with a better atmosphere was needed for his development.

It may have come across as ruthless at the time, but there’s clear respect and fondness there from Frimpong towards his former boss. Lennon, for all of his flaws, will always be the man who gave Jeremie his big break.

In other news, a BBC journalist has shed light on a third Celtic who will step in alongside John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.