'Huge' - Exclusive: McLeish reacts to critical Celtic injury news
Alex McLeish has insisted Celtic will be relieved to have Jeremie Frimpong fully fit after an injury scare before the international break.
The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the teenage full-back for managing to cope with the “huge expectations” on his shoulders at Parkhead.
The Scottish Sun report the 19-year-old avoided any serious injury after being fouled by Motherwell’s Devante Cole in the Hoops’ last league match, with Neil Lennon voicing his worries the right-back may have suffered ligament damage.
It is said that scans have revealed the Hoops mainstay only suffered bruising and he then went on to play the full 90 minutes of today’s 2-2 draw against Hibernian.
McLeish has heralded the youngster for his performances down the right flank and insisted he has managed to “raise his game” this season.
McLeish told Football Insider: “He brings a pretty good dynamic to the Celtic team down that right flank and he has certainly impressed in a lot of the games I’ve seen.
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“It’s just really only a couple of games when he got mixed up a wee bit, in the European game where he got caught between the full-back position being a right-winger, almost.
“I guess there’s, there’s a huge expectation on any Old Firm player playing in those positions and doing it in every single game but then when you come up against somebody like AC Milan, then you know those the players that are playing against you are extremely intelligent footballers, and they can find a way to, you know, make you look ordinary.
“Frimpong has raised his game and he looks really athletic in every game that I’ve seen him play in domestically.”
The 2019 signing has played in all but one of Celtic’s 19 games across all competitions this season and has a total of 37 appearances under his belt for the Hoops.