Celtic’s Israeli centre-back Nir Bitton has been gushing out the praise for team-mate Jeremie Frimpong after a superb recent few weeks.
Frimpong was in and out of the team to start the new campaign, but has made himself one of the first names on the team-sheet with recent performances.
The Dutchman has impressed mightily in games against Riga, Hibernian, Livingston, and Sarajevo respectively. With James Forrest injured, the former Man City youngster appears to be thriving in Neil Lennon’s 3-5-2 system.
Bitton, who often plays as a right-sided centre-back, has seen first-hand how impressive Frimpong’s energy has been over the last several weeks. So much so that he couldn’t help but big him up massively in this week’s Celtic View (Volume 56, Issue 11, Page 12)
“Jezza is a special player. On his day, he’s unbelievable, he’s almost unstoppable. To play with him on the same side is an advantage for me. I can stick the ball up that end of the pitch and Jezza just runs and runs, you know? He’s an incredible player.
“I play NBA on PlayStation with him, I used to beat him but I’ve not played too much recently. I have two kids, so I’m too busy and he’s 19 years old, he plays all day!
“He’s a good player, he’s young, he’s got a lot to learn – defensively, offensively, positioning – if he stays concentrated and disciplined, he can reach the top.”
A massive appraisal from a player Frimpong should look up to
As superb as Frimpong is, he shouldn’t take these kinds of comments lightly. It’s so easy to forget what Nir himself has achieved in the game since moving to Parkhead.
Bitton has 12 winners’ medals to his name, and has just under 30 caps for Israel at the top level too. He knows a player when he sees one, and considering the duo team up with each other on the right side at times, he’s as best-placed as anyone to talk up his traits.
Dutch youngster Frimpong is one of a handful of Celtic players not with their international teams this week. But that’s exactly where Neil Lennon will want him when you take into consideration the enormity of the next couple of weeks for Celtic.
When the international stars come back, they’ll see Rangers (H), AC Milan (H), Aberdeen (A), and Lille (A) as the club’s next four fixtures. Oh, and the two after that will be a Scottish Cup semi-final vs Aberdeen and another Europa League clash vs Sparta Prague.
The big games will be coming thick and fast, and we’ll likely take our share of hard knocks in them too. Having players like Frimpong at Lennoxtown this week is absolutely tremendous for the club.
And Bitton’s comments here show exactly what his team-mates think of him.