By Frank McAvennie

17th Jul, 2020 | 5:00pm

'He's the best kid this Celtic team's ever seen in training' - McAvennie Exclusive

Frank McAvennie heaped praise on Jeremie Frimpong and claimed that his Celtic teammates think he’s “the best kid they’ve ever seen in training”.

However, the former Hoops and West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, doubts that Neil Lennon will blood any youngsters next season despite the 19-year-old’s successes.

Frimpong made an impressive 19 appearances in his debut season at Parkhead despite missing a chunk of the season through injury.

Neil Lennon told Celtic TV that January signings Patryk Klimala, 21, and Ismaila Soro, 22, have impressed in pre-season.

Both are awaiting their first Scottish Premiership start but McAvennie would be surprised if either were afford that opportunity this coming season.

“There is a few boys coming through that they are talking about and they are all on the wingers, Klimala is one.

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“But I do not think we will see too much of them this season. This is too big a season to try and blood players. I cannot see it happening.

“Frimpong has come in but he was a big player at Manchester City and the boys said that he was the best kid that they’ve ever seen in training. So enthusiastic as well. My god that boy can run, up and down that wing and does not seem to tire.

“But in terms of new players, I can’t see many opportunities.”

Lennon, when speaking on Klimala and Soro, said: “They’ve started to really integrate well, we are delighted with both of them.

“It was short a turnaround for them when they came in January or March but they have had a good pre-season.”

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan has been left bouncing as the Hoops close in on “standout” signing.

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