Who is Jeremie Frimpong? Five things Celtic fans should know about their new recruit from Manchester City

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Frimpong has joined Celtic on a four-year deal from Manchester City.

Jeremie Frimpong of Manchester City in action during the Premier League 2 match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Manchester City Football Academy on August 23, 2019 in Manchester,...

Jeremie Frimpong was one of three new faces to arrive at Celtic on the final day of the summer transfer window.

But what should those of a Bhoys persuasion know about the former Manchester City youngster, who has signed a four-year deal at Celtic Park?

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What's his background?

Born in Amsterdam, Frimpong joined Manchester City's academy ranks at the age of nine and progressed all the way through to the Premier League champions' Under-23 side. Despite being of Ghanaian descent, the 18-year-old has chosen to represent the country of his birth, Netherlands, at youth-team level.

Where does he play?

Predominantly a right-back, Frimpong can also provide cover on the left-hand side if required. Manchester City's official website describes him as a "truly modern full-back who can play on both sides of the pitch," adding that he is "comfortable in attack and defence and is always willing to overlap his winger and provide an attacking outlet."

How did he end up at Celtic?

Frimpong told the Bhoys' official website that he first learned of his new club's interest after playing against them for Manchester City's U23s. "It wasn’t long after that I found out Celtic were interested in signing me," he explained. "That was incredible, and as soon as I heard, I was excited and I wanted to take this opportunity."

Jeremie Frimpong of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 16, 2019 in London, England.

How much will he cost Celtic?

The Scottish champions have paid their English counterparts an initial £350,000 for Frimpong, with another £650,000 potentially due in add-ons, according to the Manchester Evening News. It is also claimed that City will receive 30 per cent of any transfer fee generated by Celtic.

Have Celtic signed him from under the nose of their biggest rivals?

Frimpong should be known to the Rangers director of football, Mark Allen, having been on Manchester City's books for the bulk of Allen's reign as director of their academy. But there does not appear to have been any concrete interest from Rangers, who signed Frimpong's ex-Etihad Stadium teammate, Brandon Barker, in the summer transfer window.

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