'He is Not a defender' - Exclusive: McAvennie destroys Celtic player letting the team down
Frank McAvennie has pointed the finger at Jeremie Frimpong as Celtic prepare to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League tonight.
The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 19-year-old was “at fault” for both of Hibernian’s goals on Saturday.
A 2-2 draw at Easter Road saw the Hoops fall 11 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers and means Neil Lennon’s side have only won two of their last eight games in all competitions.
Frimpong has started 11 of Celtic’s 13 Scottish Premiership fixtures this term in a heavily criticised defence that has already conceded 13 goals.
The summer-of-2019 signing has emerged as Lennon’s first choice right-back this season ahead of Israel international Hatem Abd Elhamed.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Frimpong’s performances so far in the 2020/21 campaign, McAvennie said: “Frimpong is not a defender for me.
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“He is great going forward, he is a wing-back but he is not a defender.
“He was at fault for both goals. He was standing there for the penalty and did not move and with his pace he should have been there first.
“It was as if none of them had any confidence in the goalkeeper.
“It is a shame. I do not know what is happening but they need to pull their finger out.”
The Hoops travel to Sparta Prague tonight as they look to avenge a 4-1 home defeat against the Czechoslovakian side prior to the international break.
Ahead of the Europa League clash Neil Lennon revealed that Elhamed was “in contention” to start his first game since 4 October.
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