Celtic youngster Jeremie Frimpong has been named in Chris Sutton’s BT Sport Team of the Week after his exceptional display for the Hoops against Livingston on Saturday.
The eleven is jointly picked with presenter Darrell Currie and is just the latest example of hype building around the teenage defender.
— Darrell Currie (@darrellcurrietv) November 25, 2019
Neil Lennon’s men returned from the international break determined to put right the defeat to Livi earlier in the season. Since that loss at Almondvale we’ve won every single match in all competitions.
Frimpong is one of four Celtic stars given the nod by the pair in the broadcaster’s eleven. It’s not the first time he’s been selected for praise, with Sutton and Currie doing similar back in October.
The summer signing’s introduction into the Hoops team has been nothing short of remarkable.
Last season we struggled to enjoy the performances of one right-back and now we have three to get behind.
Number one choice?
Despite his young age, Frimpong for me is rapidly becoming our most exciting option in the position beyond Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer.
Elhamed has been preferred in European action due to the 18-year-old not being registered for the competition, but the youngster has remained a consistent presence when it comes to domestic action.
Even when the Israel international returns from injury that should remain the case. Lennon must use him more and more because it appears we have a rare talent on our hands.
Bauer will likely have a big chance to perform against Rennes on Thursday but Frimpong should come right back into the team for the Ross County trip on Sunday.
It’s easy to forget he only has six professional appearances to his name. If the manager sticks by him he’ll double that by the end of the year. That’s what I want to see, because with more football he’s only going to get better.
Confidence is clearly not an issue with the player given the way he marauds down the right-hand side with careless abandon. He’s intent on impacting matches in the final third, giving us a huge weapon from right-back.
Defensively he doesn’t look out of his depth either.
The upcoming League Cup Final against Rangers could well be his biggest test, but it’s one I’d back him to pass with flying colours.
Hopefully, Lennon determines he’s ready for a match of such magnitude and puts faith in the youngster’s ability rather than experience in the form of Bauer.