Celtic legend Chris Sutton has had his say on Hatem Abd Elhamed’s recent injury. The former Hoops striker thinks the right-back’s absence from next month’s Betfred Cup Final for the Hoops will be a ‘huge blow’ to the team.
The Scottish Sun recently reported that the player will be out of action for six weeks with a groin injury, meaning he will miss the first cup final of the season.
Celtic have plenty of right-backs in their side, but Sutton believes that the team will miss what Elhamed offers.
“No getting away from the fact”
“There is no getting away from the fact that the loss of the Israeli international is a huge blow for Celtic” Sutton said, writing in his column in the Daily Record.
Sutton claims that the injury could hand an advantage to Rangers for the cup final.
“You’d have to say it’s an advantage for Rangers that Celtic are missing their first choice and best defensive full back for such a huge game” he concluded.
It will be up to Neil Lennon to make sure that Rangers are not able to take advantage of Celtic being without a key player.
Hoops boss has a decision to make
Elhamed’s absence will likely give an opportunity to either Jeremie Frimpong or Moritz Bauer. It will be interesting to see which player the Hoops boss selects for the fixture.
Frimpong has been given the nod domestically in recent weeks. However, he is still at the start of his career. Would he be able to deal with such an important game? It would be the biggest of his career so far.
Bauer has played against Rangers already for the Hoops this season. He featured as a substitute in the 2-0 win at Ibrox back in September. Perhaps that will play a part in Neil Lennon’s thinking.
However, that does not take away from the fact that Elhamed will be a miss for the Hoops. However, with the emergence of Frimpong in particular, the Hoops do have a player which may be the ideal replacement.