Lennon delivered Ajer update at Hampden; could return for Celtic much sooner than expected

By John McGinley

November 1, 2020

Neil Lennon has delivered a promising injury update on Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer today, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland at Hampden (14:19).

The Norwegian international was forced off against Lille with an apparent groin injury. He looked in some discomfort, and the manager would later share that he was stiff on the way home from France.

The situation wasn’t sounding good.

The defender was due to go for a scan, and thankfully it appears the news after that was better than Lennon expected.

He was asked BBC Scotland about today’s team selection, specifically Odsonne Edouard’s inclusion after his COVID-19 diagnosis on international duty.

The manager said: “Edouard’s looking a lot better in training the last few days and we need to get him going again. Psychologically it’s a big lift for us.

“Kris [Ajer], he’s maybe not as bad as we first thought so hopefully, he’ll be available by the end of the week.

“We’ve got Hatem [Abd Elhamed] back after Covid, so we’ve got a little bit of strength and depth in that position as well.”

Ajer’s early return is great news and gives Lennon fantastic options heading into matches against Sparta Prague and Motherwell.

Both could be considered as must-win encounters, especially the latter.

It’s doubtful Ajer will be risked in the Europa League but could come into contention for the Fir Park trip.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer in action against Rangers / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

With Celtic beginning to look like their old selves on the pitch again, having our best players available will only add more to our forward momentum.

October was a horror month, but November is already shaping up to be a positive one.

In other news, Craig Levein wants Rangers to beat Celtic to the league title this season.