Is Celtic’s season improving? Ever so slightly. They beat Lille in the Europa League, securing an impressive result and then at long last kept a clean sheet during their 2-0 win over Killie.
With a transfer window to come, however, it brings about as much worry as it does excitement.
The excitement will stem from potential new arrivals. Mark McKenzie at Philadelphia Union has been linked with the club while there is even the potential for Manchester United misfit Jesse Lingard to arrive.
The fears, however, are that a number of their star men may leave. Olivier Ntcham has been touted with an exit and Odsonne Edouard – a target for a number of English clubs last summer – always tends to be linked away.
Kristoffer Ajer has attracted the interest of AC Milan but now it’s Jeremie Frimpong who has aroused the interest of a club in Italy.
That’s according to Italian newspaper La Gazzeta della Sport (via Glasgow Times) who report that Roma are pondering a bid for the young full-back.
It’s thought that a fee of £13.5m could be enough to tempt Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon into selling Frimpong.
Let’s set something straight right away – on his day Frimpong is truly excellent.
The Dutchman is rampant on the right-hand side and has earned a host of plaudits from not only his own manager but also bosses on the continent.
Lennon said last year: “He’s an outstanding talent who looks after himself. Watching him makes me tired, the amount of runs he makes, he wears people down.”
Meanwhile, Mihails Koņevs – manager of Latvian club Riga – commented after their clash in September: “Celtic didn’t have a clear chance to score, but with the release of No. 30 [Jeremie Frimpong], which I was most afraid of and thought he would play from the start, dangerous episodes and a goal from the right flank also arose.”
With that in mind, it’s hardly a surprise he’s catching the eye elsewhere.
Though, this actually wouldn’t be too big a loss for the Hoops, especially defensively where they have struggled all season. They shipped eight goals in two matches against Sparta Prague and have conceded ten more strikes than Rangers in the league.
Frimpong doesn’t contribute much in the way of aiding that defence either. He has made just one tackle per game in the SPFL and produces 0.4 interceptions. Evidently, he is not up to scratch when the opposition piles forward.
The youngster is clearly very good going forward but right now, Celtic need someone astute defensively, especially if they’re to save Lennon’s job and indeed their season.
On this occasion, Lawwell should take the money and run.
AND in other news, Celtic must UNLEASH “wonderful” ace with “explosive power” on Sunday…