Celtic boss Neil Lennon would have been delighted to reveal that Kristoffer Ajer has recovered from his groin injury and is available to play against Hamilton.

It means that he can slot back into his favoured position of centre-back, alongside Christopher Jullien. Ajer has played right-back at times this season, but that does not need to be the case any longer.

The Hoops have two right-backs on their books, and it will be intriguing to see who gets the nod to start against Hamilton.

Normally, you would think Hatem Abd Elhamed would start the game. After all, he did return from injury to start in the 2-0 win over Rangers before the international break.

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International break may have complicated things

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But the fact that he played for Israel during the international break could have complicated things. Neil Lennon may think that loan signing Moritz Bauer is the better option for the game. He didn’t travel to play for his country.

He will be fresh and raring to go, and wouldn’t get fatigued like Elhamed possibly could. It will be interesting to see who becomes first choice right-back for Celtic this season.

 

Selection dilemma is good thing for club

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The game against Hamilton could be a beginning of a battle that may last the entirety of the season. It will be a good thing for Neil Lennon.

He will have two players who will be battling to outdo themselves to turn in good performances that will allow them to keep their place in the side.

That is one of the benefits of having such a big squad. You can rotate at times, and performances will dictate who starts for the Hoops most weeks.

The game against Hamilton is the start of a hectic schedule for the Hoops, which sees the start of the Europa League, and a host of league and cup games take place.

By the end of December and the winter break, we may have an idea who Celtic’s starting right-back is, or the battle may be continuing.

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