Celtic's Bitton and Frimpong must hold their hands up for woeful penalty actions yesterday

By David Walton

November 22, 2020

We’ve all bashed Neil Lennon plenty for yesterday’s performance, with his decision-making and performance levels way below par.

However, there is something he can’t legislate for that seemed to go a tad under the radar come the full-time whistle.

Yes, all the blame lies at the door of the manager, and everything that happens on the pitch is a reflection of what happens at Lennoxtown in the days leading up to it. But it’s time to turn our attention to Nir Bitton and Jeremie Frimpong.

Much has been made of their defending for Kevin Nisbet’s goal yesterday. His fine left-footed finish put Hibs 2-0 ahead at the time, with Frimpong failing to challenge a long ball and Bitton a mile away from Nisbet when the flick-on was won.

However, not a lot has been said about how they defended for the first goal. Yes, the penalty kick.

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When Nisbet runs up to take it, you can clearly see the vast majority of Celtic and Hibs players preparing to run forward for the rebound. Not Bitton or Frimpong.

Both men stand there with their hands on their hips, and simply allow on-loan Rangers man Jamie Murphy to profit from the rebound and slam it beyond Scott Bain. It was pretty disgraceful stuff in truth, and extremely lazy from both.

This makes you feel for Lennon a tad. Remember, it was his captain who clumsily barged Martin Boyle over to give away the needless penalty in the first place. What Scott Brown was thinking of is absolutely anybody’s guess. It was totally ridiculous from someone so experienced.

Celtic right-back Jermie Frimpong at Easter Road (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But there’s no defending the sheer uninterested posture of both Frimpong and Bitton either. Especially when they can see Murphy is preparing to make his run alongside them.

This has now been pulled up by the Celtic supporters, and it’s something many of us are absolutely fuming with. Here’s a look at some of the reaction to the incident:



In other news, Lennon has demanded more from two players who bailed him out yesterday.