Exclusive: Alan Hutton tips Celtic 'Livewire' to improve after addressing his 'Big' concern
Alan Hutton tipped Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong to improve as he will learn from the mistake he made against Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international admitted that he had a big concern about Frimpong going into the clash with Rangers, as he hadn’t seen the 19-year-old tested defensively.
However, Hutton explained that Frimpong looked defensively good against an in-form Ryan Kent and also still managed to wow when on the attack.
Frimpong brought down Alfredo Morelos in the 1-0 victory over the Gers, and Hutton tipped the teenage to improve and come back stronger following the mistake.
When asked if Frimpong will learn from his mistake which led to Rangers getting a penalty, Hutton told Football Insider: “That’s exactly it, it was just a mistake.
“In the first half against Rangers, he was their main man as Celtic fans seem to rise up while Rangers fans were worried when he was running on the ball.
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“He was taking people on, firing crosses in the box, he was a livewire.
“The big question for me, which I asked and which is why I was looking forward to seeing him, was he’d never been tested defensively and obviously Ryan Kent had been playing really well, so it was match-up I was looking forward to.
“Kent didn’t seem to get by him much, so he attacked well and defended well, so for me he was their main man up until the sending off.
“And he’ll learn from that as he’s still a very young boy.
“It was a little bit clumsy (the penalty) but he’ll come back stronger.”
Frimpong was rested in mid-week for the Hoops’ 2-0 loss to Cluj in the Europa League but has regularly featured for Neil Lennon’s side this season.
The 19-year-old joined the Scottish champions in the summer from Manchester City and has already featured 12 times.
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