By Alex McLeish

13th Dec, 2020 | 8:00am

McLeish Exclusive: Agent of Celtic star is a nightmare for Lennon - 'Absolutely Painful'

Sorting out a new contract for Jeremie Frimpong will be just another headache for Neil Lennon at Celtic, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager insisted the young right-back has exceeded expectations at Parkhead and that his agent will be working on a deal which reflects his new squad status.

As reported by the Scottish Sun, talks are underway between the Hoops and the 20-year-old over a new contract, despite his current deal not running out until 2023.

The promising full-back signed his current terms when he joined from Manchester City in 2019, although he was initially seen as a future prospect rather than a first-team talent.

Having watched Frimpong establish himself as a regular starter for Neil Lennon, McLeish has suggested the defender’s agent will be one of a number of calls the Northern Irish boss will have to field over the coming weeks.

Asked if Frimpong deserved to be lifted into the bracket of senior stars, McLeish told Football Insider: “Yeah, that’s, as a player, you would expect that.

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“You would certainly say: ‘I’ve risen above the expectation levels and I probably need to be looked after in that particular case’. A player will always be thinking that and his agent will always be thinking that even more.

“I would think there would be all sorts of calls going into Neil at the moment: ‘Get this player sorted, get that one sorted, what’s happening?’ and then he’s got the supporters -it’s not funny. If you’re a manager, it’s not funny, it’s absolutely painful. 

“It can be very, very challenging but at the same time, Lennon’s a determined man and it can make you even more determined not to fail.”

In other Celtic news, Lennon urged to keep faith in faltering ‘Kid’ – ‘This guy in a year or two, wow’.