Celtic could be forced into another defensive reshuffle for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Cluj. Superscoreboard’s Alison Conroy revealed on Twitter that Neil Lennon has announced that Hatem Abd Elhamed may miss the game due to injury.
Neil Lennon says Hatem Abd ElHamed is a doubt for Celtic v AIK after picking up a knock yesterday. Tom Rogic back in training. pic.twitter.com/rsZdLpKw2I
— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) August 21, 2019
Elhamed seems to have been a doubt for a number of games since he signed. That might he down to the fact that he has played so many games in such a short period. Hopefully he recovers from his knock and manages to start the game.
Should he miss out though, Celtic will have to make more defensive changes in a season that has been full of them thus far.
Return to right-back for defender?
Kristoffer Ajer will presumably return to right-back, as he has done before this season. As to who will be in the centre of defence, Lennon will have a decision to make.
It seems highly likely that Jozo Simunovic will start the game. But who will partner him in defence is a question that has to be asked.
Will Nir Bitton return to the side at centre-back, as he has done often this season. Or will Christopher Jullien get the nod, despite a poor performance against Dunfermline.
System change is doubtful
Maybe the Hoops boss will even decide to play three at the back. That seems unlikely through. It is a decision that the Hoops boss needs to get right.
The defence let the team down in the recent match against Cluj. That can’t be allowed to happen again.