JEREMIE FRIMPONG didn’t mince his words when he was asked about what he thought about the challenge that has seen him miss a month of football in his first professional season.

The 19-year-old former Manchester City defender burst onto the Celtic scene after a very short settling in period at the club.

Since then, Jeremie has made sixteen appearances for the Hoops, scoring two goals, making three assists and winning a League Cup.

The Dutch under-19 international would’ve had more appearances over the past month had it not been for an injury sustained at Rugby Park after the winter break.

With Celtic winning comfortably on the night and the game about to come to a close, Jeremie had the ball near the half way line when Alan Power needlessly charged into the youngster. The referee didn’t even give a foul.

Speaking about the incident as he gets ready to play his part in the rest of Celtic’s season, Jeremie was clear the tackle was needless and could have been worse had his foot been planted at the time.

It’s an uncomfortable truth that our officials are so inept and our coverage of the game so bad, this wasn’t even a massive talking point and didn’t warrant any action.

“This is the first injury I’ve had and at first I thought it was going be bad. I’ve looked back at it and his legs were up.” Frimpong told SUNSPORT.

“If my foot had been planted on the floor, it would have been a really bad injury — it could have been a break.

“As he came in to challenge, my leg was lifted up a little bit — that’s why it wasn’t as bad as it might have been.

“It was over the top but what can you do? I don’t know why he did it. I don’t know what was going through his head.

“He did win the ball but it was a hard, hard tackle. There were two minutes to go and we were winning.

“I thought it should have been a card at least but the referee didn’t do anything.

“I wouldn’t say it was a big injury. I’ve been out for three weeks so it wasn’t a long time. But I got a fright.

“I knew Scottish football would be tough and you’ve got to be ready for it. I just didn’t expect it to come like that.”


  1. Jerrie now, honest mistakes can not only allow goals to stand, be removed, tackles to go unpunished. But limbs to be broken and career’s to be ended. Referees/linespersons should protect all players, at all times. Not just when it suits their own pocket’s.


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