Pundits Pat Bonner and Billy Dodds were left wowed by the performance of ‘stand-out’ Jeremie Frimpong for Celtic against Hibs at Celtic Park today, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland (15/12 live match coverage, 16:56).
Frimpong scored his second goal for the club, sliding the ball under Ofir Marciano just before half-time to give the Bhoys a lead at the interval.
He continued to impress in the second half in a more advanced wing-back role, regularly terrorising the Hibernian midfield and defence.
After the match, the Sportsound panel was asked by host Richard Gordon whether or not Frimpong was worthy of a man of the match award, which was given to him by the sponsors insides Celtic Park.
As quoted by BBC Scotland (15/12 live radio coverage, 16:56), Bonner said: “Yeah I think so. He’s so quick and when he’s playing with that freedom as a wing-back especially when Celtic have possession of the ball, he becomes a real lethal weapon down that right-hand side.
“His ability not just when he’s on the ball but to pick people out in the box when he gets into good positions, he’s got it all from that perspective.”
Former Rangers man Billy Dodds then chimed in moments later: “They put three players on him today to try and mark him at one point. That told you the story of the game. Frimpong for me was the stick-out and the stand-out player.”
A star growing brighter and brighter
When Frimpong signed for the club from Manchester City during the summer transfer window, there weren’t immediate hopes he’d be a first-team star. Certainly not in the manner he has been over the last couple of months.
The thinking was he was a ‘project’ player who might need time to adapt and develop in Celtic’s reserves team.
Neil Lennon has put his full faith in the player though and to date hasn’t been let down by his personality-driven performances. He’s like a brilliant combination of Kieran Tierney and James Forrest’s best attributes.
Every week he seems to meet grander and grander expectations.
He’s right to get so much praise today, he was undoubtedly our best player and hopefully we see him unleased at Tynecastle on Wednesday.