Former Celtic hero Frank McAvennie believes that Jeremie Frimpong has been hung out to dry in an “awful” defence this season.
Frimpong out in the cold
The 20-year-old has made a number of errors during the current campaign, including a mistake during his side’s 1-1 draw against St Johnstone, leaving the Bhoys 13 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.
Frimpong has been playing consistently in Neil Lennon’s side this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists in 21 appearances and accumulating over 1,500 minutes of game time (TransferMarkt), with former stand-in Riga boss Mihails Konevs describing him as “dangerous” (cited by the Daily Record).
But the Hoops are out of Europe and are way off the pace in the league, leading to heavy criticism of the Irish tactician in recent weeks.
Speaking with Football Insider, McAvennie revealed he felt sorry for Frimpong, criticising the lack of coaching from Lennon and his staff.
“The defending is awful,” he said. “It looks as if they have not been trained. I do not know who does that, if anyone, at Celtic.
“Frimpong is a wing-back, not a defender. You could see in the game the other night, he ran out to the ball and they slipped it in behind them.
“I am not going to have a go at him because he is only young and nobody is helping him at the back. Nobody is talking so I feel for him.
“If he is going to be a right-back going forward he needs to learn how to defend. Repetition is key, it is boring as hell but you need to drill it into them.”
Transfer Tavern take
It is a gutsy claim for McAvennie to make. But at the same time, Frimpong is still only 20 years old and learning the basic principles of top-flight football in Europe.
Whatever happens during the 2020/21 campaign, it will be a seismic learning curve for the young Dutchman.
The former Manchester City academy graduate knows what it takes to win. But this character-building season could either make or break him.
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