Frank McAvennie is hopeful Jeremie Frimpong will return for Celtic this month after it was reported the extent of his injury was not as bad as first feared.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend mocked referee Andrew Dallas after he decided not to send off Motherwell striker Devante Cole for his challenge on the Hoops 19-year-old on Sunday.

Frimpong hobbled off in the second-half of the 4-1 win at Fir Park as a result of a poor tackle from Cole which referee Dallas controversially only deemed to be worthy of a yellow card.

The Scottish Sun reported yesterday that a scan revealed the former Manchester City youth player to have suffered no knee ligament damage, despite Neil Lennon’s initial fears.

The Netherlands under-20 international has established himself as a key player at Paradise since his from England in September 2019, making 18 appearances in all competitions already this season.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the reported injury boost, McAvennie said:

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“Hopefully he will be back after the internationals because he has got a couple of weeks now to have a break and recover.

“Listen, this is a bad tackle but I do not think anybody means to hurt people. Devante Cole is young and he got away with it but he will learn from that because he should have been off.

“It was not that strange a decision though because it was Mr. Dallas!” 

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