Former Celtic winger Lewis Morgan has opened up on the impression Jeremie Frimpong made on captain Scott Brown.
Frimpong was signed by the club last summer from Manchester City in a deal that went under the radar to an extent.
With Hatem Elhamed impressing for Celtic at right-back, Frimpong looked like he was a player for the long-term. However, he shot onto the scene with impressive displays against the likes of Hibernian and Aberdeen in crucial domestic encounters.
The player has gone on to make 21 appearances for the club at just 19 years of age (Transfermarkt). But speaking to Open Goal, ex-Celt Morgan has revealed that it was Brown and Callum McGregor who helped pave the way for him after being impressed in training.
“He’s exactly what Man City would want in a full-back so I’m not sure how Celtic have managed to get him. He’d came up and trained and within the first couple of weeks I remember Cal and Broony after training saying one day ‘He has to play’.
“I think they told the coaches he has to play. He’s so quick. When he said it (Brown), it carries a lot weight and the coaches listened and not looked back since.
“He’s great, he’s a great kid. He’s so young and has so much energy and is just happy all the time. You see him on social media and it’s not an act, that’s how he is.”
Brown’s behind-the-scenes influence can’t be underestimated
If anything could indicate the influence Brown has on all things Celtic, this is it.
The manager clearly puts a lot of importance on Brown’s opinion. As he should do considering he’s the captain of course. And it’s a decision that hints to potential managerial qualities in the Celtic captain too.
The Hoops, as Morgan said, simply haven’t looked back since Frimpong came into the team. With three goals and three assists in his 21 outings, his stats can obviously improve, but he adds so much to the starting XI outside of that.
Without his pace and drive down the right, Celtic would find it harder to cut open compact defences. Yet that’s not to say there aren’t areas that need immediate improvement.
Frimpong should be concentrating on the quality of his delivery for a player who so often reaches the by-line. As well as that, his inconsistency can at times be frustrating for a player who plays week-in, week-out.
However, that’s to be expected at 19. Frimpong’s potential is frightening, and that was something the captain seemed to notice instantly.