By Noel Whelan

25th Feb, 2020 | 3:00pm

'Like a new signing' - Exclusive: Whelan drools over Celtic player after key development

Noel Whelan claimed the return of Jeremie Frimpong to the starting eleven is a big boost as Celtic look to win their ninth consecutive top-flight title in Scotland.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the return of the 19-year-old “is like a new signing” after he completed 90 minutes on Sunday.

Frimpong was impressive for the Hoops as they came back from a goal down to beat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead.

It was in the reverse fixture a month prior to Sunday’s game that the Netherlands under-20 international had to be stretchered off for a challenge he received from Alan Power.

When asked for his assessment of the teenager’s performance on his return to Neil Lennon’s side, Whelan told Football Insider: “Frimpong is a good player. He is lively, he has got a trick and he has energy.

“Again, another plus for Celtic getting him back, getting these players back at the end of the season which can determine an outcome in a game. It is like a new signing when you get players back like that.

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“They went behind but this team knows how to win football matches. They keep ticking the wins off. Neil Lennon knows how to do it, he has done it many times with Celtic and the players know how to handle the pressure.” 

Frimpong scored two goals and contributed three assists during his debut season in Scotland.

The Bhoys moved 12 points clear at the top of the league last weekend as Rangers fell further behind their Old Firm rivals with a 2-2 draw at St. Johnstone.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a major breakthrough has been made in the club’s bid to sign Mohamed Elyounoussi.