By Alan Hutton

24th Jan, 2020 | 2:09pm

'A real shame' - Exclusive: Hutton left gutted after worrying sight for Celtic

Alan Hutton says he hopes Celtic talent Jeremie Frimpong makes a quick return from injury after he was stretchered off at Rugby Park on Wednesday night.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, heralded the impact the 19-year-old has had during his breakthrough season at Parkhead.

The Manchester City youth product was forced off following a strong tackle from Kilmarnock’s Alan Power in the second half of Celtic’s 3-1 victory at Rugby Park.

There was a lengthy stoppage as the teenager received treatment before being replaced by Moritz Bauer.

Frimpong has featured 15 times this season for the league leaders and Hutton was left gutted after the worrying sight of him being stretchered off.

A young, talented boy. I have really been impressed with him,” the former Spurs and Aston Villa player told Football Insider.

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“As a right-back myself, he is great to watch. He is up and down the line, getting involved. He is energetic and brings a lot to the Celtic team going forward.

“I really hope he is ok. I would hate to see him out for a long time. It is a real shame for the young boy. He is breaking through and done excellently so far.  

“It happened with (Rangers winger Jamie) Murphy at Rugby Park, it is the pitch. People are slipping everywhere.”

However, the initial medical assessment from Neil Lennon suggested the injury may not be as bad as first feared.

The Celtic manager will be hopeful the Netherlands under-20 international can recover as soon as possible with the Hoops and Rangers level on points in the title race.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara tips Celtic defender for a rare start this Saturday.