Exclusive: McNamara claims Celtic youngster buzzing after 'Fantastic' development

Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic youngster Jeremie Frimpong will be delighted with the amount of game time he is getting under Neil Lennon this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland defender says that the 18-year-old right-back looks an extremely promising talent after his move from Manchester City over the summer transfer window.

Frimpong, who never featured for the Premier League giants’ first-team, has already turned out three times for the Bhoys across all competitions, getting his first goal in the 4-0 win over Aberdeen.

With the likes of Hatem Elhamed and Moritz Bauer also battling for a starting role, McNamara says that the youngster will be buzzing with how much game time he has picked up early in his Celtic career.

McNamara told Football Insider: “There’s good energy about him, he seems a real prospect. Neil’s dropped him in in certain games and that was a big game to come in, away from home at Aberdeen.

“He’ll take a lot of confidence away from that. He’ll love the opportunity he’s getting for first-team football. For kids in England, it’s very, very difficult to get – where he’s come in from, it’s hard to break into Man City at a young age. They spend £50million on their full-backs.

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“To go in there (Celtic) rather than playing with the under-23s, it’s a fantastic opportunity for him.” 

Celtic’s victory over Aberdeen keeps Lennon and his men at the top of the Premiership table, leading fierce rivals Rangers on goal difference.

The Hoops take on St Mirren in midweek as they look to continue leading the chasing pack, before facing Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has reacted to the announcement of a Hoops giant agreeing exit terms outside the window.