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.

Jeremie Frimpong has been in and out of the team this season

Jeremie Frimpong has been in and out of the team this season (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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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:


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.

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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.

Jeremie Frimpong celebrates a Celtic goal

Jeremie Frimpong celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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