By Danny Mills

15th Feb, 2021 | 11:11am

Mills rubbishes the reason Frimpong gave for quitting Celtic

Jeremie Frimpong left Celtic for the money and not solely for footballing reasons — and who could blame him? 

That is the view of ex-England star Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the now-Bayer Leverkusen right-back’s recent interview reveal in The Athletic.

Asked why he chose to leave Glasgow, the 20-year-old said: “It was the right time to leave Celtic because it was about a big club like Leverkusen coming, rather than about Celtic.”

Frimpong signed for Celtic from Manchester City just 18 months ago and played 51 times for the Hoops in total.

Mills questioned the Dutchman’s stated motivation for leaving Parkhead while also asserting that he didn’t blame the youngster for prioritising financial gain.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Well, I think wages and length of contract also came into that as well.

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“The Bundesliga is probably the next best league after the Premier League and the Spanish League in terms of competition.

“There are less teams in it, but still some very, very good teams as well.

“If we’re gonna be honest, it probably comes down to the fact that Leverkusen have offered him more money and more security.

“And I don’t blame him in any way, shape or form.”

In Bayer Leverkusen, the Netherlands Under-20 international joins an established club gunning for Champions League football.

Peter Bosz’s side are currently 5th in the Bundesliga, three points outside the Champions League places.

In other news, a finance expert has delivered a worrying forecast for the future of Celtic’s status as Scottish football’s most-lucrative club.