Alan Hutton claims that English sides will “definitely have scouts” watching Celtic right-back Jeremie Frimpong after his breakthrough season in Glasgow.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 19-year-old will have caught the eye of many clubs south of the border with his performances.
The teenager has quickly gone from youth prospect to first-team regular under Neil Lennon, having signed as a relatively unknown quantity from Manchester City last summer.
Hutton believes that English sides will already have their sights set on the Dutch starlet after emerging as a standout performer in Glasgow.
Asked if he thought Premier League clubs would be keeping tabs on Frimpong, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think they’ll definitely have an eye on him.
“I think when anybody breaks through to such a strong team and a European team that plays most years, for one so young they’ll always have an eye on him. They’ll definitely have scouts on him and they’ll be interested to see his progression.
“He looks like that young boy who just loves playing football. He looks like he’s out in his back garden, playing with his friends – that’s how it looks.
“He doesn’t seem to feel the pressure, he’s played in cup finals and for one so young, if he keeps going the way he’s going the only way is up.”
Having left Manchester City without playing for their senior side, Frimpong has gone on to make 19 appearances for Celtic’s senior side.
A rapid full-back, he has also demonstrated his quality in the final third, with two goals and three assists under his belt.