Neil Lennon confirms Celtic injury list for derby

By Connor Gordon

December 27, 2019

Neil Lennon says there will be no crocked Celtic players returning for the Glasgow Derby on Sunday.

The Hoops are without a couple of big names ahead of the crunch league match.

However, enough players are in the current squad to make the Celts the favourites for the win.

But, Lennon needs to play those he has at his disposal in their strongest areas.

Neil Lennon on Celtic injury list for Glasgow Derby

The main men such as Hatem Abd Elhamed and Mohamed Elyounoussi are out of Sunday.

Hatem Abd Elhamed is on the Celtic injury list for the Rangers match. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The last derby hero in the league Jonny Hayes is also on the injury list.

Lennon addressed the issue to the Daily Record after the match against St Mirren.

He said: “In terms of Elhamed and Elyounoussi I doubt it very much.

“So it’s basically as you are today plus the squad as a whole, the subs and that.

Neil Lennon confirms who is on the Celtic injury list for Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“So no, no new faces. Anyway, they’ve been out of the game too long to come into a game of that magnitude.”

The crocks are a bit of a blow to the team in terms of depth.

Elhamed and Elyounoussi are starters when fit and would probably have seen a considerable amount of game time.

Lennon has to take it in and use the available players to his advantage.

Irishman must play the right team in the correct positions

All things considered, Lennon will probably play the same team as the St Mirren and Aberdeen ones.

However, it hasn’t half been a slog to get the victory recently and it is down to the team.

Part of this is down to the way the forward line is now set up.

Olivier Ntcham is the reason for the positional changes. (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Shoehorning Olivier Ntcham into the team is to the detriment of the free flowing play of previous matches.

That’s not to say that Ntcham isn’t equally as dropable as the likes of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.

Ryan Christie isn’t a winger and is far more effective in the middle and should revert back.

James Forrest is another having to play on the opposite side of the pitch for no real reason other than to accommodate the other changes.

Lastly, Boli Bolingoli hasn’t been the best since his return from injury leaving the door open for Greg Taylor.

A strong performance against Rangers could be the game to make him a starter in the long run.