Celtic scout young Swedish winger Frempong
Gefle's left winger James Frempong says he is excited that Celtic scouts have been watching him in action, as his team battles relegation.
Celtic scouts searching for January reinforcements for Neil Lennon’s squad have cast their eye over promising Swedish winger James Frempong. The winger, currently with IF Gefle in his homeland, impressed in his team’s vital 1-0 win over GAIS on Sunday.
Former Orebro player Frempong, who only switched to their Allsvenskan rivals at the start of the current season in March, holds dual Swedish and Ghanaian citizenship and had a trial with Watford in the summer of 2009.
The SPL side’s scouting network in Scandinavia is well documented, having brought in Thomas Rogne and Jos Hooiveld from Norway and Sweden in recent times, with a number of other players having been scouted.
Now 21-year-old Frempong is on their radar and the left-sided player admitted he was pleased he was attracting attention, but says his focus is primarily on winning in Gefle’s last two league matches of the season.
"I had no idea," Frempong told fotbolldirekt.com when asked if he knew Celtic had representatives at Sunday’s match.
"I am taking each game for what it is here. I'm not taking the scouts being here too seriously, although it is exciting they have been here to watch me.”
Frempong has impressed at Gefle this campaign but Per Olsson’s team are in danger of relegation to the Superettan, in the same season they featured in the Europa League thanks to UEFA’s Fair Play ranking.
With two games left to play this season, Gefle are four points from guaranteed safety, occupying 15th position in the 16-team league, and one point from giving themselves a fighting chance of staying up by taking part in the relegation play-offs.
Celtic’s scouting network has also seen John Kennedy travel to Belgium recently to watch Gent’s Yassine El Ghanassy, another young winger.
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