Noel Whelan sent a blunt warning to Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong after he commented on the referee in the 2-1 win over Partick Thistle.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds striker suggested that Frimpong showed immaturity by speaking out about the referee.
The defender cheekily suggested that the referee maybe didn’t like him during Saturday’s game as he found himself the wrong side of two major decisions.
Whelan explained that Frimpong should perhaps learn to count to 10 before speaking as implying that the referee has an agenda is only going to blowback on him.
When asked if Frimpong showed immaturity by questioning the referee as it’s like talking yourself into trouble, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah I don’t think referees have an agenda, they make mistakes but we’re all human at the end of the day.
“It certainly won’t be the last time at any levels that you’ll see mistakes from referees and linesmen.
“You just can’t say that sometimes you have to look a bit closer to home and at yourself and wonder why it hasn’t gone your way?
“Frimpong, yeah you’re never going to win, when you complain, criticise the referee or linesman, it’s only going to blowback on you.
“Probably frustration, a little bit of immaturity and maybe next time he’ll learn to count to ten as it won’t change anything.”
The 19-year-old Hoops defender has played 18 times across all competitions this season, scoring two goals and registering three assists.
Frimpong joined Neil Lennon’s side in the summer from Manchester City after failing to make a single appearance for the Premier League side’s first-team.