Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that Jozo Simunovic, who recently missed out on the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Aberdeen, will be available for the first leg of the Europa League tie against Copenhagen, the Daily Record reports.
Lennon has been limiting Simunovic’s appearances for the Hoops this season, as he gradually returns from a knee injury.
Defender available after missing recent game
However, the Celtic boss has confirmed that the centre-back will be available for selection for the first leg of the last 32 tie.
“It’s a big ask with the amount of games we are playing as well, but Jozo will be available for the Parken and that’s a bonus” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
It is a boost that Simunovic will be available for the game. It should be remembered that before he got injured, the defender started all of Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers.
Formation could dictate if player starts
What will be interesting to see is if he returns to the starting line-up to play Copenhagen. That could well depend on the formation that Neil Lennon selects for the game.
Should Lennon stick with three at the back as he has been recently, then Simunovic could return to the starting line-up.
However, should the Hoops boss decide to play four at the back, then he might find himself on the bench. The reason for that, the duo of Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien will most likely get the nod to start the game.
Simunovic is still a good option to have of course. He has been an excellent player for the Hoops when fit.
It will be intriguing to see if Neil Lennon elects to bring him back into the starting line-up.