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TEENAGE ACE THANKS LEGEND

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JEREMIE FRIMPONG has revealed he has been getting tips from a Celtic legend in his bid to hit the big-time at the champions.

The 18-year-old Amsterdam-born right-back arrived at Parkhead on deadline day on September 2 as a virtual unknown from Manchester City.

He looked to be one for the future with the likes of Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Luca Connell (Bolton) and Jonathan Afolabi (Southampton) coming in at the same time.

However, Neil Lennon unleashed Frimpong against Partick Thistle in the Betftred League Cup quarter-final in September and there has been no looking back for the Dutch kid following a stand-out display in a 5-0 victory over the Championship side.

The youngster picked up the Man-of-the-Match award after another dazzling performance in the 4-0 Premiership triumph over Livingston yesterday to stretch the lead at the top to three points.

Frimpong acknowledged a debt to the iconic Danny McGrain for helpful advice as he sets about attempting to make the No.2 position his own while facing competition from Hatem Abd Elhamed, who is currently sidelined with injury, and on-loan Stoke City defender Moritz Bauer.

The exciting teenager, speaking to the Sunday Mail, admitted: “When I first came here I spoke to Danny and he helped me a lot.

“When I get on the pitch, I just do what I do best – attack and help the team out as much as I can.

“Hopefully, the manager will keep putting me in. If you want to play at the top you can’t be shy, you just have to go and play.

“I’ve been ready for this all my life, so it’s great. I enjoyed that a lot today.”

Frimpong will sit out the Europa League Group E encounter with Rennes at Parkhead on Thursday as he was not included in the manager’s original European squad.

However, there is every likelihood he will get the opportunity to pick up his first piece of silverware when the Betfred League Cup Final against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit comes around a fortnight today.

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