Fast-rising Jeremie Frimpong has achieved plenty in 12 short months at Celtic.

And the teenager last night thanked boss Neil Lennon and his team-mates for giving him a first full year in the senior game to cherish.

It’s 361 days since making his top-team debut against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup and Frimpong has enjoyed a whirlwind progression with medals collected on the way, rising rapidly since leaving Manchester City’s academy to move to Glasgow last year.

The 19-year-old said: “I feel really settled at Celtic now and I need to thank my team-mates for that. I love them all to bits.

“The gaffer and the staff have been great with me and I feel really comfortable now. I get on well with all the players in the squad and it has been a great 12 months for me.”

It says much for Frimpong’s progression that in a formidable squad with a subs bench now packed full of international talent on a game-to-game basis, he has maintained his spot. Another start came in the weekend win over Livingston at Parkhead as James Forrest was kept in reserve.

The youngster gives Lennon a strong option either at right-back or wing-back, where he was positioned in the victory over Gary Holt’s side.

Frimpong said: “I don’t mind the three or four at the back. It’s up to the manager but the 3-5-2 probably does give me more freedom to go up and down the wing.

“I got forward a lot against Livingston and it suits me. I just try to play free and use my strengths to help the team.

“Our squad is so strong that even our bench looks amazing. That keeps us all on our toes.

“There are challenges every day. People want to take your position off you. We know the manager will make changes. There are so many games and people will pick up injuries.

“But that is why you have the strong squad and there is so much quality here.”

Lennon’s key additions during this transfer window have not taken long to settle. Shane Duffy has slotted into the backline and provided two goals in three games from set-pieces.

And Albian Ajeti has blasted out of the scoring blocks in the Premiership.

Despite starting just two games, the Swiss international has four goals already, with a sweet finish against Livi adding to counters against Dundee United, Motherwell and Ross County.

Frimpong dished out credit to the new boys and said: “Shane is such a strong asset for us and he is unbelievable
in the air.

“Nobody can beat him to a header. He is big, strong and really helps to strengthen the defence. You can hear him shout for the ball from a long way away.

“He talks a lot and really motivates us. He is a leader for the team, another captain.

“Albian is a natural finisher and I am really happy for him. He has worked hard in training since he came to the club.

“He came here to help us and to score goals and that is what he is doing.

“He is so cool in front of goal. He shows total composure.But that’s a top striker for you. He never panics when he gets a chance.

“You also see his strength in holding the ball up and that is so important for the team.

“There are times when we play it up to him and we need Albian to take it in and let us get up the pitch.

“He is really good at that. He has made a great start and will only get stronger. We have a great mix of strikers now. They all have their own qualities and that is so important.

“Every game is different and they will all have a big role to play for the team.”

As well as new signings, established Celtic stars are also kicking on.

Callum McGregor capped a masterful show against Livi with his 50th club goal, Ryan Christie was on the scoresheet again and French star Olivier Ntcham produced his best display of the season so far in the 3-2 success.

Frimpong said: “Olivier is a quality player. He is always good. You see that in training and he brought it to the match.

“I wasn’t surprised at his performance. He is that good but the same goes for so many of our players.

“The bench could all have started the game.”