Celtic youngster Jeremie Frimpong has opened up on the horror challenge that could have ended his season, The Scottish Sun report.
The teenage defender had to be stretchered off the pitch at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock in January after Alan Power rashly lunged in on the player.
Out for a number of weeks, he only returned to the Celtic bench on Sunday.
However, that seems to have been a bit of a let-off, with the player admitting the incident gave him a ‘fright’ and that he feared he could have been out for much longer given the nature of the challenge.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Frimpong said: “At first I thought it was going be bad. I’ve looked back at it and his legs were up.
“If my foot had been planted on the floor, it would have been a really bad injury — it could have been a break.
“As he came in to challenge, my leg was lifted up a little bit — that’s why it wasn’t as bad as it might have been.
“It was over the top but what can you do? I don’t know why he did it. I don’t know what was going through his head.”
It’s disappointing to hear Frimpong have a negative view of Scottish football so early into his senior career.
Clearly also perplexed by the referee’s decision not to punish Power, he may feel more protection is required for younger players making their name in the game.
Frimpong has an electric turn of pace and tremendous skill on the ball, so it’s unlikely to be the last time he is scythed down, even this season.
Hopefully, more common sense is shown next time by the officials in order to combat against experienced professionals, who should know better, from throwing themselves in dangerously on young talents.