Speaking to Celtic TV, Neil Lennon has listed a number of players he hopes can improve and develop into first-team players at the club.

Lennon was asked about the impact that Jeremie Frimpong has made after just two senior professional appearances.

Singing the teenager’s praises, he is hoping Frimpong can continue on his current path and reach the potential that the manager thinks his defender has.

Frimpong is not the only young star in that part of the boss’ thinking either, with Lennon running down who he sees as potential Hoops players.

Long-term absentee Daniel Arzani, who is on loan from Man City until the end of the season, even got a mention.

As quoted by Celtic TV, Lennon said: “[Jonathan] Afolabi will come under that category as well, Lee O’Connor, Luca Connell. So we’re building, not just for the present, but the talent underneath that.

“We’ve got [Karamoko] Dembele, we’ve got [Armstrong] Oko-Flex, we’ve got Kerr McInroy hopefully coming back from a long-term injury pretty soon as well. We’ve got Daniel Arzani.

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“So there’s young, hungry talent underneath what we already have as a really solid first-team squad.”

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Who is best placed to push for a spot after Frimpong?

Given the strength of Lennon’s first-team options, the inclusion of any of these youngsters in upcoming matches would be something of a surprise.

Frimpong got his big opportunity in the Scottish League Cup, but with the upcoming fixture in that competition being a national semi-final at Hampden, it’s hard to see these young talents risked.

However, Lennon did say in his interview that Frimpong won him over last week with his performance in training, so there is a route to the first-team if someone goes above and beyond at Lennoxtown.

It’d be interesting to see what Arzani could do if given a chance. He was a much-hyped arrival when he came on loan in the wake of last year’s World Cup. While injury halted his progress, he still has time to show what he can do.

The fact he is still on Lennon’s radar is a positive. Can he provide competition for Mohamed Elyounoussi on the left flank ahead of Scott Sinclair and Lewis Morgan?

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