Exclusive: Alan Hutton claims exciting Celtic teen has blown Lennon away in training

Alan Hutton suggests that Celtic manager Neil Lennon and the rest of the backroom staff at Parkhead have been blown away by the talents of Jeremie Frimpong since his arrival at the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland defender says that the 18-year-old is a really exciting prospect and that his abilities are likely to have surprised the coaching team in Glasgow.

Frimpong joined the Hoops from Premier League giants Manchester City over the summer and despite having never played for the Citizens’ first-team, has gone on to impress in the Bhoys’ senior side.

Hutton says that the youngster looks to have taken the staff at Celtic Park by surprise and that he is causing manager Lennon a team selection problem he would not have expected to have this season.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s a player that really excites me to be honest. Being a right-back, seeing someone so young kind of reminds me of when I burst through. At a young age, he’s got no fear going forward, good defending, good pace.

“I think he’s going to end up a great asset for Celtic in the long run. I know he hasn’t played (much) and I don’t even think he’s in the European squad. It just goes to show you that they maybe didn’t expect him to burst on as quickly.

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“I think they were maybe looking at him as one for the future but he’s obviously shown something within training that’s made them think: ‘We need to give this boy a chance.'” 

Frimpong has now played three times for Celtic’s first-team, including in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Aberdeen, a match in which he scored his first goal for the Hoops.

The youngster has Mortiz Bauer and Hatem Adb Elhamed for competition on the right-hand side of the defence, the Stoke loanee starting Wednesday’s 2-0 victory against St Mirren.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton claims one senior player is “head and shoulders” above his rivals for a starting role at Parkhead.