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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC TEEN’S VVD TARGET, GERS STAR OFF, AITCHISON REMINDER FOR LENNON, LEVEIN’S WARNING

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JEREMIE FRIMPONG has revealed he is determined to follow Virgil van Dijk’s “pathway” as he wants to be a success for Celtic AND Holland.

The 18-year-old right-back believes in aiming high and has his heart set on emulating the former Hoops defender who became the world’s most expensive defender at £75million when Jurgen Klopp signed him for Liverpool from Southampton.

Despite being overtaken by Harry Maguire’s £80million switch from Leicester City to Manchester United, Van Dijk’s metroric rise took to Championships League winner, the European Footballer of the Year award and the captaincy of the Dutch international side.

Frimpong has already made an impact at the Hoops following his September 2 deadline day arrival from Manchester City. He put in a Man of the Match debut performance in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final victory over Partick Thistle and he staged an action replay in the 6-0 Premiership win over Ross County at the weekend.

He was born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian and Dutch parents and has his heart set on playing for Holland. The family moved to Manchester when he was seven years old.

The adventurous right-back, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I fully believe I can play in that company.

“It would be exciting to be a part of that. They play a lot of young players as well who are really good. The Dutch are building.

“Back in the day, they were great and they are keeping it up. I’d love to be a part of it.

“I’d like to follow Virgil. There’s a pathway. You get chances here.”

Frimpong added: “There is interest in me from Ghana, but right now I want to play for Holland although I won’t write off Ghana.

“I could play for England as well. If that came about it would be between those three, but I don’t have Scottish connections!”

WES FODERINGHAM is heading out of Rangers and could agree a pre-contract with interested clubs in January.

The 28-year-old keeper, currently understudy for Allan McGregor, has been linked with Nottingham Forest, West Brom and MLS outfit DC United.

London-born Foderingham, who started out at Fulham, has made over 130 appearances for the Ibrox side after joining in 2015 from Swindon Town.

He has played only three games this season and is now preparing to weigh up his options.

JACK AITCHISON has reminded Celtic boss Neil Lennon of his goalscoring qualities by netting once again for English League Two side Forest Green Rovers.

The Scotland youth striker, 19, claimed another against Morecambe last night to follow up his strike against Mansfield at the weekend.

Aitchison burst onto the scene in May 2016 when he became the Hoops’ youngest-ever marksman in the 7-0 hammering of Motherwell on the final day of the season.

But the forward has only made two more senior appearances since then and has spent time with Dumbarton and Alloa Athletic on loan. He is under contract until the summer of 2021.

Aitchison has now hit three goals in nine appearances for the promotion-chasers.

CRAIG LEVEIN has ordered his Hearts players to maintain the tempo that saw them earn a 1-1 draw with Rangers at Tynecastle on Sunday.

And he warned that battling performance will count for nothing if the Edinburgh outfit don’t continue the momentum.

The Jambos, currently 10th in the Premiership, now face tricky away trips to Livingston and St Johnstone. They they head for Hampden to meet up again with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit in the Betfred League Cup semi-finals.

Levein, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “We can’t have a performance like that and then drop off. We need to keep the performance levels really high now. We have to maintain that.

“We came out and started really well against Rangers and beforehand we spoke about that very thing. In the recent game against Aberdeen in the Cup, we started in that same manner.

“We spoke about trying to get in Rangers’ faces and disrupt their rhythm, which we did really well.

“We restricted them to very few chances, their goal came from a set-piece, which was irritating, but they have been playing some fantastic football recently and we stopped them from doing that.

“That gave us a platform to go from. I was really pleased with the lads’ performance.

“Now we’ve got to take some positives and use those for next week.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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