JAMES FORREST has admitted he is already a fan of new Bhoy Jeremie Frimpong.
The two have dovetailed on the right wing during the teenage Dutchman’s three electrifying first-team games since his arrival from Manchester City on transfer deadline day.
Forrest, 10 years the full-back’s senior, has been impressed by the skill and exuberance of the player who scored his first goal for the Hoops in the 4-0 destruction of Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.
The Scotland international winger, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “He is only 18 but he has come in and done really well. He has settled in well and he’s a really likeable guy.
“We signed him when we were on international break and straight away in training I think he impressed everyone.
“He got Man of the Match in his first game against Partick Thistle and has played really well when he has come into the team, but I don’t think any of the boys are too surprised because we have seen him in training.
“Outside maybe not that many people will have heard of him.
“But we could see his quality right away when he first came in. He is confident, but he a likeable boy and it is a credit to him the way he has come in.”
Frimpong made his Hoops bow in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final victory over Partick Thistle at Parkhead last month and has now played in back-to-back Premiership games against Ross County and the Dons where the aggregate score is 10-0!
Forrest, who is poised to sign a contract extension at the club, as CQN reported yesterday, has been working in the team’s frontline since being introduced by Neil Lennon 10 years ago.
He smiled: “Yeah, I feel old. Yes, it is strange because I still feel young! Except I know that I am one of the older ones now, but it is great to see young boys coming through and coming into the team and making a statement.
”It’s great to be involved in this team and you can see the confidence, collectively and individually.
“It shows with the results and the performances. Everyone is in a really good place and we are working hard.
“We want to stay in that place because of how much we are enjoying.
“I don’t know if we made a statement on Sunday but it was important to get the win as we lost at Livingston off the back our our previous Europa league game against Cluj. So it was good to play well. It was a joy to play in and get the three points.
“It’s maybe unfair to criticise Aberdeen for their performance because we were all really at it.
“The games against them are always close, but we were just really good and it was one of those days when everything came off.”