Celtic were once again held to a draw on home soil after they struggled to make an impact against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.
Neither side were able to break down the opposition defence and a rather disappointing 0-0 stalemate saw the spoils shared at Celtic Park. After dropping even more points, the Hoops look down and out as Rangers continue to storm the league.
It could be argued that a draw is respectable considering 14 senior Celtic players are currently in self-isolation along with Neil Lennon. Gavin Strachan has been forced to rely on lesser seen personnel, including several youngsters. But one man who hugely disappointed was Jeremie Frimpong in an unfamiliar role.
With all of their senior strikers in quarantine and Cameron Harper not included in the squad, Strachan was forced to deploy Tom Rogic in the No.9 role, despite being a midfielder by trade. He also made the decision to play Frimpong on the right-wing, supporting Rogic as the focal point of Celtic’s attack.
Despite usually enjoying a free-roaming role as a full-back, the 20-year-old looked out of his depth against Livingston. According to Sofascore, Frimpong mustered up just nine accurate passes and 21 touches in the full 90 minutes played. For comparison, this was two fewer passes than Conor Hazard and just one touch more than the goalkeeper.
The £8,000 per week right-back turned winger also struggled with chance creation, failing to make a single long ball or cross into the box. Additionally, he failed to succeed in any of his attempted dribbles and was overall silenced by the Lions’ defence.
The return of Lennon and the rest of the first team squad will be a hugely welcome gift for the fans. The makeshift Hoops team have done admirably given the circumstances, but they will be relieved to field their usual starting XI.
If this afternoon’s game has taught Strachan and indeed Lennon anything, it’s that Frimpong is certainly not cut out for a more advanced role and should remain in defence for the foreseeable.