Celtic youngster Jeremie Frimpong has taken to Twitter this evening to look ahead to the upcoming clash with Copenhagen in the Europa League.
Despite being stretchered off against Kilmarnock last month, Frimpong has already returned to fitness and was named on Neil Lennon’s bench for today’s trip to Pittodrie against Aberdeen.
He’s clearly delighted with that, sharing his excitement at being back in the squad in a social media post this evening, also teasing a potential European debut in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
— Jeremie Frimpong (@JeremieFrimpong) February 16, 2020
Frimpong missed out on all the European fun in 2019, having not been named in Lennon’s restricted squad for the group stages.
Earlier this month though, Lennon and his coaching staff added the 19-year-old to the list, allowing him to play in our upcoming double-header against Danish side Copenhagen as well as any future knockout ties.
What formation will the manager go with?
One of the big questions heading into the European away day is what team shape Lennon opts for, having switched between a 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2 throughout the season.
The latter has been favoured recently but there may be a determination that the former gives us a bit more defensive stability away from home in Europe.
Which formation he goes with will likely influence any big call on Frimpong too. It’s unlikely the youngster would usurp James Forrest at right wing-back.
However, if it’s a defensive four then it’s entirely realistic that the teenager starts his first-ever senior European match.
It’d be a big ask for him to come in and compete at that level off the back of an injury, but Frimpong has passed almost every test with flying colours so far.
In fact, the match would be a great way for him to improve further and test himself at a higher level of competition. We still don’t know just how good this kid is or can be and hopes are high.
All eyes will be on the manager’s team selection this Thursday afternoon.
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