DEFIANT Jeremie Frimpong has sent the Celtic fans a welcoming message after being stretchered off near the end of the Hoops’ 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in midweek.

The 19-year-old Dutch right-back was flattened by a ferocious challenge from midfielder Alan Power which amazingly didn’t even warrant a mention from referee Don Robertson.

Hoops skipper Scott Brown claimed he would have faced a ban if he had made such a heavy tackle that cleaned out his team-mate, as CQN reported.

Frimpong received over six minutes’ worth of treatment before being taken from the field.

It looked nasty, but boss Neil Lennon revealed afterwards it was not as serious as first feared.

The fans’ favourite, who arrived at Parkhead on transfer deadline day from Manchester City on September 2, took to social media to reassure the support he could be fit to face Ross County at Parkhead tomorrow.

He said: “Can’t break us down!”

The adventurous defender has hit the ground running at the champions since making a Man-of-the-Match debut in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final win over Partick Thistle in September.

He won his first medal – and was red-carded – in the 1-0 success in the same competition last month.

Austrian international Moritz Bauer, whose loan deal from Stoke City expires in June, is standing by to take over the No.2 position if Frimpong fails to recover sufficiently to face the Dingwall outfit.


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