JEREMIE FRIMPONG, the right-back signed from Manchester City on deadline day, is standing by to make his Celtic debut this evening.

Manager Neil Lennon is ready to introduce the 18-year-old Amsterdam-born prospect in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final against Partick Thistle at Parkhead.

The Hoops gaffer has been impressed with the attack-minded flanker who has agreed a four-year deal and is likely to give him his first appearance with Hatem Abd Elhamed moving to centre-half to replace £7million Christopher Jullien who was substituted late in the 3-1 win over Kilmarnock on Sunday.

The Frenchman came off with a hamstring problem and Lennon is taking no risks with the club’s most expensive defender.

The Irishman, though, will not be making wholesale changes against the rock-bottom Championship outfit.

He was in a similar position during his first reign as Bhoys gaffer when Morton arrived to play in the same competition in 2013 and delivered a stunning knock-out blow with Doug Imrie smashing in the only goal from a penalty-kick in extra-time.

Greg Taylor, who, like Frimpong, arrived just before the transfer window closed on September 2, will have to wait for his Hoops baptism.

The Scotland international No.3 is Cup-tied after playing in the tournament for former club Kilmarnock against Hamilton Accies earlier in the competition.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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