Worrying admission comes days after McGregor's concerning Celtic TV comments

By David Walton

January 18, 2021

There was plenty to be concerned about when Callum McGregor took to the Celtic TV cameras after Saturday, and Jeremie Frimpong’s comments are yet another red flag.

McGregor bafflingly told the in-house club media team that he “didn’t understand the game”. He effectively had a real pop at the Hoops’ approach and openly discussed why Livingston were suited to our style.

It was pretty incredible to see McGregor in that kind of form during interviews. He’s usually so laid back and has his professional face on. But he was clearly annoyed, and Frimpong has also worryingly claimed he can’t explain why Celtic couldn’t break Livingston down.

The exciting young Dutchman is going through a bit of a rough patch of form individually. And, speaking in comments published by the Daily Record, he’s the next to make a worrying admission about Saturday’s display.

“I felt confident before the game that we’d produce the performance that would get us the result we needed but it didn’t work out like that. I can’t explain why. We still had a strong side and a good shape to us. We just didn’t play well enough.

“It’s been strange the past few days without the manager and John Kennedy being around as you work so closely with them. They’ve got their messages through to us but obviously it’s just not the same as seeing them in person. It’s happened. We’ve just got to deal with it. All we can do is keep going now.”

McGregor showed passion on Celtic TV, we need more than an “I don’t know” from Frimpong

It’s disappointing reading this from Frimpong. Especially considering he’s a player who’s given so much responsibility in this Celtic side to break down the opposition.

The fact he doesn’t know why Livingston couldn’t be broken down isn’t acceptable. It doesn’t suggest we’re going to learn much ahead of Wednesday night’s return game. And that’s a contest Frimpong will again be responsible for creating down the right side.

However, the Dutchman may have played a more damaging part in our draw at the weekend than he’s aware of then. When Celtic did manage to get some exciting moments in the game, it all came down his side. And it all came from combination play between himself and Anthony Ralston, or Frimpong simply taking on his man.

Jeremie Frimpong in action for Celtic against Livingston (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Once again, the right-winger didn’t do enough of the latter. In fact, Jeremie has struggled to show much directness since our 3-0 win against Dundee United before the New Year.

Celtic fans, however, need to be made aware that the players are learning. That there’s not a shrug of the shoulders after the Livingston draw and an acceptance that they don’t know why things didn’t work out. McGregor’s comments were worrying, but only because it reflected extremely poorly on Neil Lennon and Gavin Strachan.

This from Frimpong is even more so. The “we just didn’t play well” excuse is an empty one. We could’ve played all night and not scored, actually understanding why is key. It concerns me that one of our most important players can’t answer that yet.

In other news, this pundit has gone on a major Celtic rant as he had a pop at Gavin Strachan and John Kennedy in particular.