Jeremie Frimpong’s red card certainly didn’t seem to faze him as he showed tremendous enthusiasm post-match today.
The youngster was thrown in at the deep end against Rangers and performed extremely well. For large spells, he was winning the individual battle he had going on with Ryan Kent. Added to that, he was one of our only attacking prospects in a first half that lacked any real spark from a Celtic perspective.
However, his individual display will, unfortunately, be marred by the sending off he received when he pulled Morelos to ground immediately after Christopher Jullien’s opener.
Regardless, he was right in the thick of the post-match celebrations. And speaking to BT Sport 1’s live coverage of Rangers vs Celtic (08/12, 17:55), Frimpong clearly wasn’t letting it get to him.
“It was the hardest game of my life so far. As a team we stayed strong, got our chance, and sored our goal.
“It was a penalty but obviously Kris went to clear it, it ricocheted, and my first thought was to give him a little pull. I had too. The red card was harsh. The penalty was right, but it wasn’t a red.
“Oh my days! When Fraser saved it, I heard the fans shouting. I turned my head around and I was buzzing. The best feeling ever. Best game ever! It was really good.”
Frimpong deserved a better ending
It’s ironic that Frimpong was sent off, because he was perhaps our best outfield performer on the pitch. Fraser Forster was of course man-of-the-match, but Frimpong really tried to take things to Rangers throughout his time on the pitch.
He deserved more than what he ended up with. Ultimately, he was put in an unfortunate position by a poor clearance. You can see why the rush of blood forced him to pull back Morelos. It looked for definite that he would stab it home….then again, it is Morelos!
What’s imperative now is that Frimpong takes the positives from this one. His red came about from no real individual mistake of his own. He’s also probably right to feel he was a little hard done by with the sending off too.
Outside of that, he was one of the most enthusiastic, skillful, and attack-minded players on the park. But one thing’s for sure, he’ll have plenty more Glasgow derby memories to cherish.
It’s great to see that he’s not letting the red card get to him either. Frimpong seems to understand that all that matters come full-time is the result. His denying of Morelos with that tug could actually have been a blessing in disguise. Who’s to say that the Rangers striker wouldn’t have buried it and perhaps changed the game?
Instead, Rangers were rattled and crumbled under the pressure of being behind. Frimpong has every right to look back on his own display with pride and joy. Despite the red, he passed his derby debut with flying colours.