Celtic's Jeremie Frimpong set to face new test at Rugby Park

By John Reid

January 21, 2020

Celtic’s Jeremie Frimpong has passed every test he has faced so far in what has been a very successful first season as a Hoops player.

He has performed well for the Hoops tough away games, Glasgow derbies and in a cup final. That is all you can ask of a player who is only 19. He has probably surpassed all expectations so far this season.

Now he looks set to face a new test when the Hoops travel to Rugby Park to take on Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

Should he play, it will be Frimpong’s first appearance for the Hoops against a team that has an artificial pitch.

Hasn’t featured on artificial pitch

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So far this season Celtic have played two games in the league on an artificial surface – against Hamilton and Livingston.

Frimpong didn’t play in either of those games. However, it seems certain that he will start for the Hoops against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

It will be interesting to see how Frimpong copes on the surface. The Hoops have struggled on artificial pitches so far this season, beating Hamilton 1-0 and losing 2-0 to Livingston.

Hopefully Frimpong, should he play, can help to inspire Celtic to a victory in what is a very important game.

A tough test in first league game after break

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For the first league match after the winter break, Neil Lennon probably wouldn’t have wanted a game on an artificial pitch.

However, Celtic will just have to deal with the situation. The Hoops boss will want to pick his strongest team possible for the game.

That is where Frimpong comes in, as he a current mainstay of the Hoops team.

Frimpong seems to enjoy his football, so he will not be daunted by the prospect of playing on an artificial pitch. His urgency could well be what is needed on the night to help the Hoops pick up the three points.