Jeremie Frimpong came up through the ranks of Manchester City’s youth system, but couldn’t make it to their first team, forcing him to move to Celtic.
The fullback joined Celtic in the summer of 2019 and was in and out of the squad in his debut season with the Bhoys.
He starred for Scottish Premiership side in the first half of the last campaign, resulting in a transfer to Bayer Leverkusen in January 2021.
The Netherlands U20 is a regular for the Bundesliga side and has been impressing with his performances. This term, he has a goal and four assists to his name. Kicker interviewed the ex-Celtic man and he gave his thoughts on leaving the Hoops for Leverkusen.
“It took some time to get used to the league. I came last season in January. It was a big step for me,” he said.
Celtic and Rangers have dominated Scottish football for close to four decades and the last time another club, apart from the Bhoys and the Gers, won the title was Aberdeen in 1985.
Frimpong has detailed the changes he had to make after arriving at Leverkusen in the winter 2021 market.
“The biggest difference [between Scottish and German league] is that every game in the Bundesliga is difficult,” the former Celtic defender explained.
“You can also play against the bottom team here and they’ll give you a good game. You can never switch off. If you give your opponent a chance here, he’ll use it directly. I had to change everything.
“At Celtic we had the ball the whole time. We didn’t really have to defend. Only when we played against Rangers, Hibernian or Aberdeen.
“I did things that I got away with at Celtic. However, in Germany you play against much better opponents of course. Those were things that you can’t do here. I’ve adapted, I’ve learned all season. And I’m still learning.”