Jeremie Frimpong’s stunning display in Riga this evening has led to plenty of Celtic supporters calling for him to start every game going forward.
Frimpong was brought on midway through the first half for the injured James Forrest, and it totally changed the game in Celtic’s favour. The Dutchman consistently got to the byline and was firing in crosses that could’ve so easily led to the Hoops winning more comfortably.
The youngster, signed from Manchester City last summer, has only started four of Celtic’s nine games this season. However, tonight he saved the club from embarrassment as he set up Mohamed Elyounoussi to bag the winner in Riga with just minutes remaining.
He was Celtic’s only positive attacking influence on the night. And it certainly didn’t go unnoticed by the supporters either, with Neil Lennon urged by fans to make a big decision:
Get in 🍀🍀🍀 frimpong has to play week in week out #CelticFC
— stephen murphy (@Smurf5050) September 24, 2020
Never ever ever start Forrest in front of Frimpong again.
— StevenDuffie (@sduffie01) September 24, 2020
Frimpong better be starting every single week
— Adam (@Adamgill1888) September 24, 2020
So stupid that Frimpong doesn't start every single week.
— 🍀 Celtic1967.com 🍀 (@Celtic1967_com) September 24, 2020
Tough game the night very negative side Riga but should have upped the tempo a bit
Frimpong is honestly such a game changer, needs to play as often as possible
Most important thing is getting through at this stage a suppose. Improvement still needed overall but we’ll get there
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) September 24, 2020
Frimpong phenomonal he shouldn't be starting from the bench
— kate dunbar (@katedunbar61) September 24, 2020
Frimpong was dynamite, time for a regular start
— maestro#8 (@cotterboy7) September 24, 2020
Frimpong has to be first name on the team sheet every week. One of the few shining lights this season 🍀
— Kev (@kev71986) September 24, 2020
Time to drop Forrest on a regular basis
If Celtic are going to go with a 3-5-2 or, what was in effect tonight a 3-5-1-1, then it makes total sense for Forrest to be dropped on a regular basis so Frimpong can see more minutes.
Frimpong just suits this system so much more than Forrest. Especially considering the latter barely seems to take a man on these days and get beyond him. If Lennon is to play his in-form players, then you have to include Frimpong among those.
Considering Frimpong is also naturally a defender by trade, he seems to have the pace to be able to get back into position and help see a game out.
It also breeds confidence for the fringe players to know that impressive substitute appearances will get them regular game time. Rewarding Frimpong for his display this evening is the only right thing to do.
Forrest will hopefully also thrive knowing he finally has a competitor vying for his place in the team, similar to how he performed when Patrick Roberts started putting him under pressure.
It’s the obvious decision after tonight. Goodness knows what would’ve happened in Latvia this evening had Forrest been able to play the 90 minutes.