It was a good day for Celtic on Saturday, as they moved three points clear at the top of the league after defeating Livingston 4-0. One of the best performers on the day was Jeremie Frimpong, who continued his run of fine displays.
Neil Lennon was full of praise for the right-back, who is just 18, after the victory.
“He was and has been outstanding. He’s came into a daunting challenge and huge club and done brilliantly” Lennon told the official Celtic Twitter account.
Manager deserves credit for giving player game time
Neil Lennon actually deserves a lot of credit for persevering with the player. He could have put him back in the academy side after his Betfred Cup debut against Partick Thistle. Youth players have often played in league cup games in the past for Celtic and not featured that often after.
However, Lennon must have plenty of confidence in the player’s abilities. It should not be forgotten that he started Frimpong at Pittodrie, which is one of the toughest away games in the Premiership.
Could potentially follow in footsteps of former Hoops hero
If Frimpong continues to improve as a player over the next few seasons, he could follow in the footsteps of another Celtic full-back, who the club earned £25 million for selling – Kieran Tierney.
Of course, it is still very early days in Frimpong’s career yet. He will eventually have a poor run of form. For the moment though, he looks like a player who enjoys his football. That shines through in how he plays the game, full of energy and running.
When the Hoops signed Frimpong from Manchester City in the summer, few would have expected him to make a first-team breakthrough this season. But so well has he performed, that domestically at least, he looks to be Celtic’s first-choice right-back. That is a great achievement for a player who has just started playing for the first-team. Credit for that has to be given to the player himself and Neil Lennon.