Neil Lennon clears up Celtic left-back options for Aberdeen clash

By Hamish Carton

December 20, 2019

Neil Lennon has revealed that Jonny Hayes is likely to miss tomorrow’s clash against his old side Aberdeen after suffering pain in his shoulder.

The Irishman played the entirety of Wednesday night’s win against Hearts, but it seems like he has come off worse for the outing with a repeat of a shoulder knock evident.

Hayes had missed five of our six games prior to the Tynecastle win, and he’s likely to sit out tomorrow’s game too with either Greg Taylor or the returning Boli Bolingoli set to return to the starting line-up.

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“The players are good after Wednesday night,” the boss told the official club website. “The only omission will be Jonny Hayes. He’s feeling discomfort and pain in his shoulder. He may be a doubt for tomorrow but the rest are fine and Bolingoli is in contention.

“Seeing the players this morning, they looked fine and quite spritely, as you would imagine with the form they’re in. I wouldn’t imagine too many changes tomorrow.”

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Lennon still has two good left-back options at his disposal

Hayes has clearly gone through the pain barrier a lot over the past few weeks. Since injuring his shoulder in the win over Livingston, he’s been in and out of the team and far from his best.

It’s perhaps right then that he sits out our last few games of 2019 and gets himself ready for the New Year. There’s no desperate need to force him back into the reckoning despite the importance of the upcoming games. We have two really good options at left-back so it would be good to see what both of them can do, whilst taking the pressure off Hayes.

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It will be interesting to see who Lennon decides to go with for tomorrow’s game against Aberdeen. Bolingoli has seemed to have the upper hand over Taylor so far, but many think the Scottish international offers us a better presence.

Lennon’s team selection will be pretty intriguing in at least one area tomorrow.