Our View: Celtic boss faces waiting game that could influence transfers
Neil Lennon confirmed on Friday to the official Celtic Twitter account that Jeremie Frimpong would miss this afternoon’s game against Ross County following the injury he picked up against Kilmarnock.
Perhaps more interestingly, Lennon also revealed that the Hoops are waiting on the results of a scan the full-back has had on his knee before they find out the extent of his injury.
“We are waiting”
“He’s had a scan, and we are waiting on the results. We don’t think it’s as bad as we first anticipated” the Hoops boss said.
🗣️ NL: "@JeremieFrimpong won’t be fit for tomorrow. He’s had a scan and we are waiting on the results. We don’t think it’s as bad as we first anticipated.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 24, 2020
Those remarks might well have an impact on the business Celtic do in the last six days of the January transfer window.
The Hoops boss will be eagerly awaiting the results of Frimpong’s scan. If he is going to be out of action for a number of months, then Lennon might have to sign another right-back, seeing as how Moritz Bauer is the only fit right-back at the club.
However, should Frimpong only miss a matter of weeks, then the Hoops boss might decide to go with the players already at the club, and elect not to sign a replacement.
The good news though, is Lennon’s belief that Frimpong’s injury isn’t as bad it looked at first. That should provide hope that the player will be back sooner than later.
Hoops should keep tabs on right-backs just in case
That should not stop Celtic from keeping tabs on right-backs just in case Frimpong is going to be out for a period of time.
Hopefully, for the player’s sake, Frimpong is not out of action for that long. His emergence in the Celtic side this season has been one of the high points of the season.
Indeed, it would not be a shock if he wins every young player of the year award at the end of the season.
Lennon’s next update on Frimpong’s fitness could be very interesting for a number of reasons, not least as it may force Celtic to sign a right-back.