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AXE FOR NEW CELTIC HERO?

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JEREMIE FRIMPONG put in another eye-catching performance in his second appearance for Celtic in the 6-0 thrashing of Ross County at Parkhead yesterday.

The adventurous Amsterdam-born right-back won widespread praise with his storming display in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final triumph over Championship Partick Thistle last month.

The 18-year-old defender, who arrived in a deal that could climb to £1million from Manchester City on August transfer deadline day, is already a personality with the Hoops followers.

He announced after taking his bow in front of his new supporters: “I already love it here!”

James Forrest played in front of the enthusiastic youngster against the Highlanders and, speaking to the Evening Times, admitted: “Jeremie played in the Betfred Cup game here on his debut and got Man of the Match.

“He played really well again, he bombs on and is really good to play with. He was attacking all day.

FRIMPONG THE FLASH…Celtic’s exciting teenager Jeremie Frimpong races away from Ross County’s Michael Gardyne.

“In training, he’s been really sharp and waiting for his chance. The staff are buzzing with him and the players enjoy playing with him.”

However, the ‘reward’ for Frimpong from manager Neil Lennon is likely to be the axe for the next game – the crucial Europa League Group E confrontation against Serie A side Lazio at Parkhead on Thursday night.

It is more likely the Hoops boss will turn to either Hatem Abd Elhamed or Moritz Bauer, on loan from Stoke City, for the visit of the Italians.

The Israeli international got the nod to start the tie against Champions League conquerors Cluj and put in a dependable shift as the Scots got revenge with a 2-0 victory.

Both Elhamed and Bauer were on the substitutes’ bench yesterday, but they will be in contention for a place in the starting line-up to face the Romans with Lennon’s men already top of the section with four points from two games.

Frimpong may have to be satisfied with a place in the stand on this occasion, but there is little doubt the enthusiastic Dutchman will light up a few games in forthcoming seasons.

*THE JOY OF SIX AS HOOPS FIRE BACK TO THE TOP

 

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