Exclusive: McNamara wowed by Celtic rookie as he digs out Rangers senior man

Jackie McNamara singled out Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong for praise following his display in the 1-0 win over Rangers on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Parkhead hero shared that he thought Frimpong was positive going forward and unlucky to be sent-off.

The 18-year-old right-back was sent-off after bringing down Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos in the box, with the Colombian going on to miss the resulting spot-kick.

McNamara blasted Morelos for going down easy upon Frimpong making contact but suggested the incident didn’t take away from the teenager’s promising display.

When asked if any outfield players impressed for Celtic against Rangers, McNamara told Football Insider: “I thought Frimpong did well, he was unfortunate to be sent off.

“He did well getting forward, he was positive, and he was a bit unlucky to see red as the ball ricocheted which caused him to get the wrong side of Morelos.

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“Morelos doesn’t take any encouragement to go down and he threw himself down, and I think it was harsh to send him off.

“So he done well while he was on the park.”

Frimpong has played 12 times across all competitions this season, registering three assists and scoring one goal in the process.

The right-back joined the Hoops from Manchester City earlier this year after failing to break into the Premier League side’s first-team.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a Hoops player’s value has rocketed to £25m+ and a Premier League transfer is expected in 2020.