Revealed: Celtic line up lucrative new deal amid big development last night

Celtic are keen to reward Jeremie Frimpong for his brilliant debut season with a new and improved contract, Football Insider understands.

The right-back, 19, was named the club’s young player of the year last night after establishing himself in the first team following his deadline-day transfer from Man City last summer.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider the club are willing to recognise the progress made by Frimpong with a new deal that would include a significant pay rise.

The club are aware there will be interest from down south as well as from clubs across Europe in the teenager, who does not turn 20 until December.

Frimpong signed a four-year deal when he joined from Man City last summer for an initial £350,000.

He was signed as one for the future, with the club making that clear by recruiting two other right-backs in the same window – Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer on loan from Stoke City.

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By the time of the lockdown that brought a premature end to the season in mid-March, Frimpong was ahead of the more senior pair in the right-back pecking order.

With Neil Lennon mainly choosing a three-man defence at that time, the Holland Under-20 international was instead competing with James Forrest for the wing-back role on the right flank.

Frimpong is regarded by the Celtic coaches as an uncut diamond, raw but possessing the kind of electric pace and ability on the ability that marks him out as special.

A right-back renowned for his supercharged pace and attacking prowess, he is very much in the Trent Alexander-Arnold mould of modern full-backs.

He has made 19 senior Celtic appearances and already has an impressive haul of two goals and three assists.

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