18-year-old right-back Jeremie Frimpong must have had his heart in his mouth when he conceded a penalty in the second half of the League cup final. On top of that, the fullback was also given the marching orders. With more than a quarter of the game to go, Rangers could have easily gone on to win the game. But Forster once again stood tall and rescued the team.
It is clear that the final would have been a big learning curve for the right back. Until the point where he was shown the red card, Frimpong was one of the best players for Celtic on the pitch. He was the only one who was providing an attacking outlet from the right. More importantly, he stood up to Ryan Kent well and kept things tight at the back until the red card incident.
Frimpong wants to follow this Liverpool ace
Frimpong recently went on to reveal his ambitions, and he indicated that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Dutch star Virgil Van Dijk. The 18-year-old full-back said (Daily Mail), ”I want to be the best player there is. I want to play for the biggest team ever. I want to win the Champions League. I want to hold the World Cup. I want to win as many trophies as I can. ”
”Look at Virgil Van Dijk, there’s the example. Played for Celtic; four years later he nearly wins the Ballon D’Or at Liverpool. He was so close. So can I be the best player there is? Yeah, I think I can be. Celtic can help me with that. The history here is crazy. They are so good – one of the biggest teams there is.”
Why is this a good sign for Lennon?
It’s clear that Frimpong is hungry for success, and even while he is on the pitch, he always plays with intensity. Indeed, the Netherlands u-20 international is still raw, and he might need more experience under his belt to showcase his best. But the raw ingredients seem to be there, and Lennon should be happy with the ambitions the right-back is showing.
Frimpong is a typical modern-day attack-minded fullback, and his pace can trouble any defender in the Premiership. The League Cup final was his first big test defensively, and he stood up to the challenge for most parts until a naive push on Morelos in the box cut his evening short.
The signs are there that Frimpong can be a top player in a few years and Celtic should be delighted to have unearthed another young talent.