Two goals in 10 first half minutes from Callum McGregor and James Forrest were enough to secure victory away to St Mirren, who replied late on through Cammy MacPherson. [via BBC]
Odsonne Edouard also had the ball in the home side’s net early in the second half, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside, although he was credited with an assist for the Hoops’ second goal of the afternoon (as per TransferMarkt).
One Celtic man who wasn’t involved in either of their goals but still showcased his abilities against the Buddies was teenage right-back Jeremie Frimpong.
The 19-year-old made his ninth Premiership start of the season and his seventh in the Hoops’ last eight league games in the win at the Simple Digital Arena on Boxing Day. [via TransferMarkt]
The youngster may not have scored but he tested St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky with a second-half effort as he again demonstrated his attacking instincts, having already scored twice and provided three assists this season.
Those traits were highlighted by some reporters from the game in Paisley. Ryan Brown of Read Celtic wrote that he “always looked to test the Saints full back down the left and defended well”.
Herald Scotland writer Mark Hendry awarded Frimpong a seven in his player ratings, writing: “His usual energetic self, the Dutchman was up and down the right-flank all afternoon. He doesn’t seem to run out of energy as a willing runner and has a knack for zipping in dangerous crosses and creating decent opportunities.”
John Reid of 67hailhail.com felt that the 19-year-old “continues to play with maturity that belies his young age”.
Celtic captain Scott Brown recently gave an indication as to how well Frimpong has been playing by comparing him with former Hoops full-back Kieran Tierney and saying that he “will be worth serious money in a few years”. [via Daily Record]
Having made the right-back slot his own and given another lively performance on Boxing Day, the teenager looks set to start against Rangers on Sunday.
His only previous Glasgow derby saw him sent off in the Betfred Cup final earlier this month but, if he can get forward to good effect as he did against St Mirren, he could certainly give the ‘Gers defence a very difficult day at Parkhead.
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