By Frank McAvennie

10th Dec, 2020 | 1:06pm

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic player hung out to dry by teammates after 'Awful' sighting

Frank McAvennie claims Jeremie Frimpong is struggling in an “awful” Celtic defence this season.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed inadequate coaching and a lack of support from teammates are to blame for the 20-year-old’s mistakes.

Frimpong was at fault for St Johnstone’s opener on Sunday as Neil Lennon’s side fell 13 points behind league-leaders Rangers with a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park.

The Manchester City academy graduate has started all but two of Celtic’s Scottish Premiership fixtures this season, grabbing one goal and one assist in the process.

The Hoops have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 fixtures in all competitions.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the club’s defensive issues, McAvennie said: “The defending is awful.

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“It looks as if they have not been trained. I do not know who does that, if anyone, at Celtic.

“Frimpong is a wing-back, not a defender. You could see in the game the other night, he ran out to the ball and they slipped it in behind them.

“I am not going to have a go at him because he is only young and nobody is helping him at the back. Nobody is talking so I feel for him.

“If he is going to be a right-back going forward he needs to learn how to defend. Repetition is key, it is boring as hell but you need to drill it into them.”

In other Celtic news, this may be the real reason Dermot Desmond has stood by Neil Lennon.