Hibernian winger Martin Boyle has admitted that he had to put an arm around left-back Josh Doig after being roasted by Jeremie Frimpong on Sunday.
Doig had a nightmare against the Hoops as he was terrorised by the confident and in-form Frimpong. The Dutchman consistently breezed past the Hibs man with ease and got plenty of deliveries into the box from the right side.
Jack Ross tried to put experienced veteran Lewis Stevenson at left-back in the second half too, but even that wasn’t enough to stop Frimpong in what was another superb individual display from him following on from Riga.
And Boyle has admitted that the Celtic man is an “elite” player as he disclosed his conversation with Doig post-match.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Boyle said: “I put my arm around him and said, ‘Look, I played against him last year, so I know what he’s like when he’s on his game’.
“It’s a learning curve facing elite players. He’ll take it on the chin.”
Can Frimpong show the required consistency?
There’s no denying that Frimpong has a strong case for being considered everyone’s man of the match for both of his last two performances.
However, it’s consistency that will keep fellow winger James Forrest out of the team. The Scotland international is currently nursing an injury, giving Frimpong a massive chance to impress against the likes of Sarajevo and Rangers in the coming weeks.
Make no mistake, Frimpong has been earning plenty of plaudits. However, it’s going to take a lot more than a couple of decent performances to ensure that Lennon doesn’t bring Forrest back anytime soon.
It’s all about keeping his standards high, and they’ll be tested massively in the coming weeks. Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina won’t be easy, and neither will Celtic’s upcoming derby clash against Rangers at Parkhead. It’s in these games that Frimpong’s ability will truly be tested.
But even so, it shows the impression he’s made that players are having to console their team-mates after coming up against him. If that isn’t a sign of his class then what is?
Hopefully, Frimpong can continue terrorising defenders in what’s a massive few weeks for both himself and the club.