Perhaps the only downside to Celtic’s superb 2-1 win over Lazio on Thursday night was the injury suffered by Hatem Abd Elhamed.
The right-back – who playing at centre-back on the night, and did a fine job – was taken off in the second-half of the game and replaced by Moritz Bauer.
Now Neil Lennon has revealed that he does not think the player will be fit to take on Motherwell on Sunday.
“We don’t think he’ll be fit”
“Hatem will get a scan tomorrow, but we don’t think he’ll be fit for the game” Lennon said, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account.
The probable absence of Elhamed gives the Celtic boss an intriguing selection dilemma. That is, who is selected at right-back to face Motherwell.
The Celtic boss has two options to chose from. Moritz Bauer, or Jeremie Frimpong. If you were to make an educated guess, it would be that Frimpong will get the nod to start.
After all, the Hoops starlet has started the last three domestic games for the Hoops. Bauer hasn’t started for the Hoops since the 2-0 loss to Livingston.
Starlet seems to be first-choice at domestic level
Frimpong seems to be Neil Lennon’s number one domestic choice at right-back. This was shown when he played in two high-profile games. He started the trip to Aberdeen, and in the recent Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibs.
He didn’t feature against Lazio as he was not included in the Europa League squad. Bauer did appear late on against Lazio, and performed fairly well. Perhaps Neil Lennon will fear that Frimpong has played in too many fixtures recently, and will give Bauer his first start in a while.
It will be intriguing to see how many changes Neil Lennon makes to his starting line-up for the game. There is bound to be a fatigue factor after the excitement of the Lazio win. We know almost for sure there will be a change at right-back. What will be interesting is who gets selected to play there.