Report: Frimpong yet to agree new Celtic contract; English clubs circling
Celtic speed-merchant Jeremie Frimpong has yet to agree a new contract at Parkhead despite holding talks with the club, the Scottish Sun reports.
The source has stated that Frimpong is attracting interest from a host of English Championship clubs, whilst Southampton are also said to be monitoring his situation.
However, it appears that Celtic are making their moves to tie Frimpong down for the long-term after establishing himself as a first-choice regular under Neil Lennon.
The Dutch starlet put pen to paper on a four-year deal when he joined the Hoops from Manchester City in the summer of 2019. That means his contract in Glasgow isn’t due to expire until the summer of 2023.
Frimpong hasn’t spoken to the media about a desire to sign a new contract in the past, so it remains to be seen what the defender’s views are on the matter.
Celtic in a good position regardless of contract progress
It’s important to remember that Celtic hold all of the cards when it comes to a potential move for Frimpong. We’re talking about a player who still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal.
Should anyone want to nab him in January or in the summer, they’re going to have to pay a hefty price for his services. We’re in a position where we can command big money for Jeremie if it comes down to it.
Of course, what’s promising about these contract discussions is that Frimpong will likely be in line for a hefty wage rise. When he burst onto the scene at Parkhead, it was a surprise to many given he had originally been signed up as a long-term project. A prolonged spell in the development squad looked likely.
His wages will still reflect that kind of position at the club too. So hopefully these contract talks don’t drag on too long and Frimpong ends up accepting the pay rise he’s entitled to.
Celtic fans will still feel he has a lot to accomplish at Parkhead too. There remain so many deficiencies to Frimpong’s game that he needs to improve upon before he heads back down to England. His pace may be frightening at times, but his final ball, passing range, shooting ability, and one-v-one defending all need to be bolstered.
Given the cut-throat environment down south when it comes to player opportunities, Frimpong would do well to stay put for the time being.