Former Celtic goalkeeper turned BBC pundit Pat Bonner was full of praise for Jeremie Frimpong after the Hoops’ 1-0 Europa League win over Riga FC, BBC Live Scottish Football in Europe reports.

Celtic weren’t at their flowing best during the game. However, that didn’t stop Frimpong from being the star man as soon as he came on as a first-half substitute for the injured James Forrest.

Caused Riga no end of problems

He got on the ball and caused Riga no end of problems. Twice his crosses put in Albian Ajeti only for bizarre ricochets to deny the Hoops striker.

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Jeremie Frimpong in action for Celtic

Jeremie Frimpong in action for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Frimpong’s crowning moment came in the 90th minute. His cross was swept into the back of the net to give the Hoops the win, and spare Celtic the lottery of extra time and penalties.

Bonner lauded Frimpong after the game, declaring him ‘the star player’.

“He’s been the star player”

“What a game Frimpong has had, he’s been the star player tonight and it’s a great ball across from him. What a relief for Celtic” Bonner said, as quoted by BBC Live Scottish Football in Europe (19:50, 24/09/20).

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Bonner is correct to heap praise on Frimpong. He was brilliant for the Hoops in what was a very big game. Going out of two European competitions in the preliminary rounds would have been a catastrophe for Celtic.

Jeremie Frimpong and James Forrest

Jeremie Frimpong and James Forrest (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Frimpong didn’t let the magnitude of the game get to him. He played his normal attacking game, and Celtic will be pleased that he did.

Almost every time he got the ball he was on the right-wing and causing Riga FC all kinds of bother. It was noticeable that every time he didn’t have the ball in the second-half Celtic’s standard of play dropped.

With James Forrest injured, Frimpong could have a real run of games to make the right-wing position his own. His game is more suited to going forward than defending, and that was certainly shown against Riga.

In other news, some Celtic fans were delighted with Nir Bitton’s performance against Riga.

 

 

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