JEREMIE FRIMPONG has thanked Celtic boss Neil Lennon for trusting him with a first-team place at the champions.
The 18-year-old Amsterdam-born right-back arrived at Parkhead was a virtual unknown when he arrived from Manchester City on transfer deadline day.
Frimpong had never featured in a first-team game for the Etihad giants, but reports suggested he was worth a down payment of £350,000 with the fee rising to £1million in add-ons.
The exciting and adventurous defender hit the ground running on his debut against Partick Thistle in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final where he picked up the Man of the Mach accolade in the 5-0 romp.
He also played in the 6-0 Premiership rout of Ross County at Parkhead, scored his first goal in the 4-0 thumping of Aberdeen at Pittodrie and was in place again in the 5-2 triumph over Hibs in the Betfred semi-final at Hampden at the weekend.
Four games, four wins, TWENTY goals scored and only two conceded. It would be fair to see the youngster is enjoying life in the hoops.
Frimpong, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “I’ve been working hard for it and I was grateful for the manager that he chose me.
“It means everything that the manager trusts me. I’m a young kid, but he knows I can do the job.”
The player has taken no time to win over the club’s followers – with a clip showing supporters blasting out a song in his name doing the rounds on social media this week.
He said: “I saw something on Twitter.
JUMPING FOR JOY…Jeremie Frimpong leaps into the Celtic throng as his team-mates celebrate a goal in the 5-2 romp against Hibs.
“The fans were on a coach and I couldn’t understand the accent, but they were saying: ‘Frimpong, Frimpong’. I really liked it.”
The teenager wasn’t included in Lennon’s Europa League squad and will be forced to watch tomorrow night’s action against Lazio in Rome at home.
Frimpong added: “I will be an interested spectator. I will be watching it on the television back in my flat.
“I think the team are ready. We’ve been playing well recently and, hopefully, the team can do it in Italy.
“I’m desperate for the boys to qualify for the knock-out stages so I can experience Celtic Park on a European night as a player.
“If we keep playing like we have been playing then 100 per cent I’m confident we can get there.
“It would mean everything to play a European night at Parkhead. Playing in the Europa League was one of my dreams, so it would be really good. I used to watch it on television so playing in it would be unreal.
“I had heard all about the atmosphere at Celtic Park and it’s lived up to my expectations. It’s been amazing.
“When it goes dark and then the lights turn green, I had never seen that before. When I saw it for the first time I was like: ‘Oh wow’.
“Then when everyone comes out of the huddle everyone is shouting and it’s so noisy. It’s so good.”