Celtic didn’t play all that well in the midweek 2-1 win over St Mirren. It was a stuffy display, and the most important thing was getting the three points.
However, one player who did perform well for the Hoops when he came on was Jeremie Frimpong.
He came on in the 80th minute, and was always on the front-foot, and provided a much-needed attacking threat as the Hoops looked to seal the victory.
Overall, Frimpong showed in that cameo why he should be starting most games for the Hoops. He is too talented to be left on the bench.
Manager rested a few players against St Mirren
I suppose it could be argued that Neil Lennon rested Frimpong as he made a few changes for the St Mirren game. After all, neither Christopher Jullien nor Albian Ajeti started the match.
However, Celtic really missed the impetus that Frimpong can give the side going forward.
A problem that Frimpong might have when it comes to first-team football is that he is probably more suited to playing in a 4-4-2 formation. He has excelled at Celtic as a right-back. However, when the Hoops move to a 3-5-2, he finds himself in competition with James Forrest for place on the right-hand side of the pitch.
That is a problem that other teams would love to have, however it does leave Celtic with an issue when it comes to getting both Frimpong and Forrest in the team. Still, that is what Neil Lennon will have to figure out. Managers are paid to come up with solutions for difficult decisions.
Could he be converted to left-back?
Could Celtic perhaps work on converting Frimpong to a left-back? That would be a gamble. However, the Hoops are in need of a left-sided player to challenge Greg Taylor. Perhaps that could be Frimpong in the short term. The player might not be comfortable with that role though, so perhaps that would be a gamble too far.
Neil Lennon will have been impressed with Frimpong’s cameo against St Mirren.
You have to think that there is a real chance he will start against Livingston on Saturday. Then the Hoops boss can work on how to get Frimpong into the starting line-up most weeks.