Boli Bolingoli backs Jeremie Frimpong to make Celtic impact

By David Walton

October 21, 2019

Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong’s debut in the Premiership couldn’t have been more positive, and he’s received the backing of one of his established teammates.

Frimpong secured his first Celtic assist in the 6-0 hammering of Ross County on Saturday. However, it was both his energy and pace that impressed the most. He darted by County defenders as if they were training cones, and showed a level of performance that was an eye-opener for the Hoops support.

Alongside him down the other flank was Boli Bolingoli. It was another assured performance from the Belgian. He was also another who bagged an assist when his shot-cum-cross was diverted home by Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Jeremie Frimpong continues to impress in his maiden Parkhead campaign (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

But Boli wasn’t interested in talking much about that. Instead, speaking in the Scottish Sun, he was looking to big up Frimpong’s abilities.

“I was really impressed. He’s been showing his qualities in the last few weeks at training, so he deserved to star.

“I believe in his quality, I think everybody at the whole club believes in his quality and he showed why. He is young but he can play in this team. I am very happy for him.

“We should have scored ten for sure when you see the chances we had in the first half. But we’re happy with six and we’re happy to win again.”

Frimpong could be this season’s surprise package

It was a bit of an eyebrow-raiser when Neil Lennon overlooked Moritz Bauer on Saturday. Not many will have expected Hatem Abd Elhamed to play with Lazio coming up this week, but not selecting Bauer was a surprise.

Instead, it was the former Manchester City kid who bagged his Premiership debut. He had previously looked positive in the Betfred Cup against Partick Thistle. However, considering that was Championship opposition we were up against, not too much was made of it.

Frimpong is gaining admirers (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But he blasted onto the scene as he terrorised Ricky Foster down the right flank. And, now Lenny has some serious questions to ask himself regarding the position.

Let’s not get carried away – it still belongs to Elhamed. The summer-signing from Hapoel Be’er Sheva has done nothing wrong, and has impressed every time he’s been on the pitch. But Lennon must now be considering his back-up options once again.

Hatem Abd Elhamed still dominates the right-back spot for Celtic (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Bauer is another one who falls into the category of having done nothing wrong. But he also doesn’t belong to us, whilst Frimpong’s influential performance on Saturday could see him get more opportunities before the winter break.

Lenny hasn’t stated what Saturday’s performance means for the Dutch youngster. But it would now take a brave fan to predict that’s the last we’ve seen of him for some time.