Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong has made quite the impression on his man and Hoops supporters since joining the club during the summer transfer window.
Still just 18 years old, he’s taken both playing opportunities that have come his way with aplomb.
He produced a man of the match calibre performances on his debut in the League Cup against Partick Thistle. He then followed that up with a fine display against Ross County on Saturday.
His emergence does raise a question about another player at the club though – loanee Moritz Bauer.
While he joined Celtic temporarily from Stoke until the end of the season, the Hoops do have an option to buy him.
Blessed with right-back options
The Austrian international hasn’t really put a foot wrong himself so far in the Celtic shirt.
At the moment he is probably a more reliable presence on the right flank too. He has the experience to back-up his dynamic right-back abilities.
Moving forward though Celtic have to consider whether it’s worth shelling out a permanent fee for the player, or nurturing and developing the talents of Frimpong.
The former Man City youngster cost the club just £350,000, with a potential £650,000 in add-ons to follow, according to The Scottish Sun. That’s no small outlay for an untested player, but it’s an investment that could pay off big.
Bauer meanwhile is valued as worth around £2.25m by Transfermarkt. As a 26-year-old with top-flight experience in England, Russia and Switzerland, he’d likely be a fairly expensive outlay compared to Frimpong.
Hatem Abd Elhamed has also been an impressive performer so far. Celtic don’t need three right-backs for one position.
There’s obviously a long way to go with Frimpong and the Hoops will keep their options open all season long. There’s no need to rush into any decision on Bauer.
Planning ahead though, it looks like the teenager could save the club a bit of cash.