Hutton slaughters Frimpong for what he did to Celtic

Alan Hutton has blasted Jeremie Frimpong for “jumping ship” to join Bayer Leverkusen from Celtic in January.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it was a “massive shock” to see the right-back leave Parkhead and insisted it showed the youngster’s lack of commitment to the Hoops’ cause.

Celtic confirmed the 20-year-old had completed a permanent move to Germany last week, with the Daily Record reporting an £11million transfer fee.

Neil Lennon revealed the club had failed to renegotiate a new contract with the wing-back and, after Frimpong confirmed his desire to leave, accepted Leverkusen’s offer.

Hutton has admitted he is as disappointed as some Celtic fans to see the exciting defender depart Scotland but insisted it was an offer the Bhoys could hardly refuse.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Genuinely can’t believe he left, it was a massive shock to me, I must admit.

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“On the flip side to it, you look at the price. They brought him in for what, a few hundred thousand pounds, something like that? He’s then sold for £11-11.5million.

“It just shows where his head’s at, if I’m honest, he was obviously one of the players, like Ntcham, that were desperate to leave, they were using Celtic as a stepping stone to then try and kick on and move.

“At the first sign of a move, he’s jumped ship at a difficult period in time so I’m actually very disappointed and I’m pretty sure a lot of the fans who have stuck by him are too.

“Yes, he has been one of the better performers but in a difficult period of time, they’ve stuck by him, wanted him to do well, progress and move forward in the Celtic team and he’s just jumped ship. I can see why they’re totally disappointed.

“On the business side, it’s great business. I mean, £11.5million, is brilliant for a player coming out of Scotland.” 

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