Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic teenager Jeremie Frimpong is set to start against Motherwell after a training ground update from Neil Lennon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops star and Scotland international says that it is likely to be the young right-back who takes the place of Hatem Abd Elhamed after the Israeli’s injury blow.
Neil Lennon revealed that Elhamed was facing a losing fight to be fit for Sunday’s clash against Motherwell after suffering a muscle injury versus Lazio, the defender forced off in the final 10 minutes in Thursday’s Europa League clash.
🗣️ NL on injury updates: "Griffiths could feature. Rogic we're hoping will be back and Mikey has a small chance too. Hatem will get a scan tomorrow but we don't think he'll be fit for the game." #CELMOT
More from the manager on https://t.co/00fJCijgWx and YouTube later today 📲
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 8, 2019
With Lennon’s first-choice right-back seemingly out of action, McNamara claims it will be 18-year-old Frimpong, rather than Stoke loanee Moritz Bauer, who gets the nod from the manager.
Asked who would take Elhamed’s place, McNamara told Football Insider: “I think it’s Frimpong who comes in at home, attacking down that side.
“He’s been excellent. He’s got great energy the boy, running up and down and he’s done very well.”
Frimpong has played four times for the Hoops since his move from Manchester City this summer, including starting two of the club’s last three Premiership fixtures.
Bauer meanwhile has played six times across all competitions during his loan spell at Parkhead, starting the last league fixture against St Mirren ahead of Frimpong and Elhamed.