Exclusive: McNamara suggests Lennon wrong to 'Heavily' rely on tiring Celtic player

Jackie McNamara suggested Celtic manager Neil Lennon was wrong to heavily rely on Jeremie Frimpong during the loss to Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the Hoops legend pointed out Frimpong seemed to be relied on heavily in the 2-1 defeat courtesy of the Gers as he seemed to be the only source of creativity.

The 19-year-old right-back played the full 90 minutes against Rangers and played the full match in the 2-1 win over St Mirren on Boxing Day.

McNamara suggested too much pressure was wrongly put on Frimpong to deliver the goods and acknowledge that he even started to look a bit tired before Sunday’s match ended.

“They tried to push the two full-backs on as wing-backs and I thought they were relying really really heavily on Frimpong to produce something as there wasn’t really any other creativity coming from wider areas,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“Yeah (was too much pressure wrongly put on Frimpong) then again I did think he did well in the game.

Click below for exclusive transfer news

“He maybe got tired towards the end, which is understandable as he played against St Mirren and did well.

“But then again when you’re at a big club, they want you to play and handle all sides of the game.”

The young defender has played a total of 17 times across all competitions for the Hoops this season, scoring two goals and registering three assists in the process.

Frimpong joined Lennon’s side from Premier League champions Manchester City in the summer after failing to make one appearance for their first-team.

In other Celtic news, Darren Bent believes a Premier League midfielder would be wise to join the Hoops in January.