Celtic boss Neil Lennon had some good news on the injury front for the Hoops support ahead of Saturday’s match against Hamilton.
He confirmed that Kristoffer Ajer had recovered from the groin injury which forced him to miss the recent Glasgow derby against Rangers.
“He will be in contention”
” Kris is fit…so he will be in contention. It’s great to have that strength in depth” Lennon said, as reported by STV.
Ajer’s injury that he suffered in the 4-1 win over AIK before the Glasgow derby looked to be a bad one. Thankfully he only missed one game, and the Hoops coped admirably in his action.
However, Lennon and the Hoops support will be delighted that Ajer is back for Celtic. He has arguably been the team’s best defender over the calendar year.
Ajer’s return to fitness has come at just the right time for the Hoops. Celtic are set to play a busy schedule of games, which includes the start of the Europa League campaign.
Having Ajer back means that the Hoops boss can play his first-choice central defensive pairing of Christopher Jullien and Ajer.
First choice centre-backs can now play together
The duo have not been able to play that often due to injury issues. However, with Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton both out, then now seems like the ideal time for the pair to play together.
Ajer has also fared well for the Hoops when playing as a right-back. Now there is no need for him to play there though. Both Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer can play in that position.
Obviously there will be a slight concern about a player just returning from injury that he could suffer a recurrence of the groin problem.
However, Neil Lennon has indicated that he is fit to play in the match. Therefore, Ajer should start for the Hoops against Hamilton. He should start for the Hoops whenever he is fit, that’s how important he has become to the team.