Pundit Mark Wilson has heavily praised Celtic teenager Jeremie Frimpong in the wake of his performance against Hibs on Sunday, speaking on the Clyde 1 Superscoreboard podcast (15/12).
Wilson has previously sparked debate surrounding the Hoops prospect, writing in The Scottish Sun last week that in a combined Celtic and Rangers eleven, he would pick Frimpong over Rangers captain James Tavernier.
He’s well placed to give his opinion, having made 128 appearances for Celtic as a predominately right-sided full-back (Transfermarkt).
A week and change on from his pre-final Frimpong statement, and in the wake of apparent criticism, Wilson is in no rush to change his mind.
As quoted by Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (15/12), he said: “Last week I was asked to pick a combined Celtic and Rangers team for the cup final and I put Frimpong at right-back. I got a lot of stick for it because he’s only played a handful of games.
“But I was basing it on ability and how good this kid is and what I’ve seen in the past. This is a guy who has made ten appearances, he’s now scored two goals, he’s got numerous assists.
“I’ve yet to see a winger go by him and that includes a £7million Ryan Kent. He’s phenomenal and it’s rare to find a player whose rose so quickly to success as he has.”
Wilson isn’t going to find much argument from me for his praise of Frimpong. He’s been one of the absolute shining lights in Neil Lennon’s team this season. If not for Fraser Forster, he’d be the most celebrated summer signing by far.
Tavernier may have the experience and apparent leadership skills of being a captain, but Frimpong has an unbelievable potential that I hope is fully realised at Celtic Park.
His personality on and off the pitch is a joy to experience. His skill on the ball and his pace also marks him out as a supreme performer at Scottish Premiership level.
With Lennon having the ability to register him for our Europa League squad ahead of the knockout stages, it’ll be a treat to see how he copes with continental competition.
As Wilson’s comments demonstrate, there’s plenty of hype around the young player right now, but he’s earning every bit of it and coping extremely well with the pressure.