Some Celtic fans might be slightly disappointed that Jeremie Frimpong was left out of the Hoops squad for the Europa League group stages.
The player has been a revelation for the Hoops this season since he burst into the first-team in a Betfred Cup win over Partick Thistle.
Possibly ahead of loan signing in pecking order
It can possibly be argued that the player, who is just 18, is now Celtic’s second-choice right-back. He already looks to be ahead of Moritz Bauer in the pecking order.
However, the summer signing from Manchester City will not feature in the Europa League match against Lazio on Thursday.
Hatem Abd Elhamed will likely feature in that game. He has been Celtic’s first choice right-back in Europe. That is a wise choice. He is an experienced player.
Also, it allows Frimpong to have a rest, and not play too many games at once. It should be remembered that he has only played four first-team games for the Hoops. Celtic boss Neil Lennon won’t want the player to be run into the ground.
Break will do the player good
That would not be any good to either the player, or the club. However, the break Frimpong is having this week will do the player good.
It will mean he is fresh and raring to go should he be selected for Celtic’s game on Sunday against Motherwell. There is no reason not for Frimpong to start the game. He played in the recent Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibs, and arguably that was a bigger game than the Motherwell one.
His next real test for the Hoops will be involvement in a Glasgow derby. That will a real rest of Frimpong’s credentials.
The Hoops do have two games against Rangers coming up in December. It will be interesting to see if Neil Lennon elects to start the player in either game. Frimpong has proven to be so talented though, that it would not be a surprise to see him pass that test with flying colours.