Not many came out of Sarajevo with pass marks tonight, but Jeremie Frimpong was one of the few.
Odsonne Edouard got the goal that secured progression to the Europa League group stages this evening. But despite that, Celtic still struggled to get firing on all cylinders.
Building on displays against Riga and Hibernian respectively, Frimpong was given another shot in Bosnia tonight. And once again, he was the standout performer for the Hoops.
The Dutchman was relatively quiet in the first half whilst showing some flashes, but he took matters into his own hands during the second. He constantly went beyond his man and combined well with Mohamed Elyounoussi in particular.
And supporters certainly noticed the wing-back’s influence in what was another standout display from him:
Wee Frimpong's pretty good
— Bhoy (@ye_Bhoy_ye) October 1, 2020
Frimpong is a wee wizard ! 🏃♂️👌
— Fo Woody (@Fiona_1989) October 1, 2020
The reliance we have on Frimpong to create something is frightening
— Marty Vanucci (@martydeila) October 1, 2020
Frimpong absolutely amazing so far, Starting to look better 🍀
— Ewan (@Ewan_Macdonald1) October 1, 2020
Wee Frimpong – absolutely brilliant – some effort he puts in
— Pol MacFhionnghaile 🇮🇪🏴 (@mcginleybhoy) October 1, 2020
What a talent Jeremy Frimpong, what a player man.
— pàulCallaghan (@paulCallaghan_) October 1, 2020
Absolute player Frimpong is man, creates everything for us
— Paul (@_PaulMcCrindle_) October 1, 2020
Mad how our best player is wee Frimpong .
— bhoysviews (@bhoysviews) October 1, 2020
Not good enough from many – Frimpong helped tire them out
You can’t dress it up – this just wasn’t good enough for long spells once again. You could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a re-run of the Riga game last week for the most part – particularly the first 45.
It was only after Frimpong started upping the tempo and making positive runs that Sarajevo were then put on the back foot.
This was backed up by BBC pundit James McFadden too. Speaking before the opening goal, he said on the BBC’s live text coverage of the game (20:12): “You feel if a goal is going to come, Frimpong will be involved.”
And that’s absolutely right. There was a real reliance on him to get us going this evening. Yes, his contribution towards the goal may have been minimal, but it was he who started to get Celtic moving at a quicker pace and creating the initial openings.
The likes of Edouard, Ryan Christie, and Mohamed Elyounoussi eased into the game more in the second 45, but once again it was our right wing-back who was the absolute standout.
Super stuff Jeremie. We at 67HailHail haven’t been able to shut up about him recently, but no wonder given his influence on the team. We can thank him for making the group stages tonight – goodness knows where we would’ve been without his urgency.