Celtic face a major battle to keep hold of rising star Jeremie Frimpong, according to former Rangers and Scotland full-back Alan Hutton.
Hutton has been hugely impressed by the Ghanaian’s debut Parkhead campaign and has tipped him to leave Celtic at the end of season.
The 19-year-old oined last summer from Manchester City as one for the future but he has made such rapid strides he is a regular starter in Neil Lennon’s side.
Asked by Football Insider about the level of interest in the Celtic talent, Hutton said: “There will be people round about keeping an eye on Frimpong, for sure. He’s exciting to watch and that’s what fans want.
“From the outside looking in, a player who’s playing in my position, it’s good to see players like that – attacking, no fear going forward and getting back, setting up goals.
“He’s definitely one for the future, he’s very, very young, an exciting talent who’s only going to get better.”
Asked if Frimpong may not be at Celtic next season, Hutton replied: “He may not, no.”
Frimpong has played 19 times for Celtic this season, operating either at right-back or at wing-back in Lennon’s recently favoured 3-2 formationThe super-quick wide man has been a regular scorer and creator, with two goals and three assists already for the Hoops.
He has regularly been preferred to fellow 2019 right-back signings Moritz Bauer and Hatem Abd Elhamed, although the latter has missed much of the campaign due to injury.
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