Frank McAvennie has urged Diego Laxalt to take Jeremie Frimpong under his wing on the Celtic training ground in a bid to improve his defending.
The former Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs, has bemoaned the super-quick teenager’s lack of tracking back on the right-hand side of the defence.
Frimpong, 19, has been a mainstay for the Bhoys this season and has started 10 out of 12 of the club’s Premiership fixtures so far.
He has played both as an orthodox right-back and as a right-wing back, with Lennon having swapped between a 3-5-2 and a 4-5-1 formation this term.
McAvennie has suggested the former Manchester City youngster could do with learning the art of defending from the man on the other flank in the shape of 27-year-old loanee Laxalt.
“Frimpong is good at getting forward but Laxalt is a far better defender,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“The boy is only 19 but if he is looking at the boy Laxalt all week in training it will click on. He needs to get back and to be fair to the boy he has the engine to do that.
“It just needs to get drilled into him.”
Laxalt has established himself as Lennon’s first-choice left-back since joining on loan from Italian giants AC Milan over the summer, with Greg Taylor relegated to a back-up option at present.
The Uruguay international has started every one of the Bhoys’ six games since his arrival, including three in the Europa League group stages.
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