Exclusive: Celtic touted to open new deal talks with 'Unbelievable' defender - pundit

Alan Hutton has suggested that Celtic will be in talks over an improved contract for Jeremie Frimpong after his breakthrough season.

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the 19-year-old has been a revelation since swapping Manchester City for Parkhead.

The promising right-back signed a four-year deal last summer but, as revealed by Hoops coach John Kennedy, was initially seen as one for the future.

“Jeremie came in for us as a young player with talent, but in terms of coming of coming in and being around the squad initially to get a feel for it, and then build him up to hopefully become in the future an important player for us. The ability he has was just too much to hold back,” Kennedy told the Celtic View Podcast.

Having seen the right-back emerge as one of the brightest talents in Scotland’s top flight, Hutton believes there will be discussions over handing the teenager new and improved terms.

Asked if he thought talks would be taking place over a new deal, Hutton told Football Insider: “I would think so because I wouldn’t think he would be on that sort of deal at the moment.

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“Him not being in the European squad at the start of the season kind of tells you, at the start of the season, what they were thinking – yes, good player coming through but possibly not ready at that time.

“He’s really jumped ahead very quickly. I think Celtic will want to tie him down. I think he’s been a revelation, he’s really come in and been unbelievable.” 

Frimpong, who has had the likes of Moritz Bauer and Hatem Abd Elhamed to fight with at right-back, has played 19 times for the Hoops this season.

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands under-20 international never played for Manchester City’s senior side before moving to Parkhead.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton insists that Neil Lennon “will be gutted” as a senior man quits.