NEIL LENNON is urging his young Bhoys to follow the example set by exciting teenager Jermie Frimpong and gatecrash his first team.

The 18-year-old right-back, who was signed from Manchester City on August deadline day, has made a massive impact in his two appearances.

Even Ross County keeper Ross Laidlaw applauded Frimpong in CQN yesterday following his display in the champions’ 6-0 thrashing of the Highlanders at Parkhead on Saturday.

And the youngster earned Man of the Match accolades for a strirring debut in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final triumph over Partick Thistle.

Lennon reckons he has other extraordinary prospects knocking on the door looking for game time in the top side.

Republic of Ireland international Under-19 striker Jonathan Afolabi has impressed the gaffer since arriving just before Frimpong after knocking back a contract extension at Southampton.

Asked about his pool of wonderkids waiting their first team opportunity, Lennon, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “Afolabi will come under that category, as well, Lee O’Connor, Luca Connell.

“So, we’re building, not just for the present, but the talent underneath that.

“We’ve got Karamoko Dembele, we’ve got Armstrong Oko-Flex, we’ve got Kerr McInroy hopefully coming back from a long-term injury pretty soon, as well. We’ve got Daniel Arzani.

“So, there’s young, hungry talent underneath what we already have as a really solid first-team squad.”


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