Neil Lennon could rue risking Celtic stars at AIK

By Connor Gordon

August 30, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon could rue playing two big Hoops stars against AIK.

The Irishman opted to play Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard in the play-off victory.

Both men hobbled off injured leaving fans wondering the decision making behind it.

With Rangers up on Sunday, is Lennon going to regret the bold move?

Celtic are risking Rangers match for AIK result

On paper it couldn’t have been easier for the Scottish champions against AIK.

Their powderpuff attack and poor defending allowed The Bhoys to dictate the game.

Celtic’s players celebrating Christopher Jullien’s goal against AIK. (Photo by JONAS EKSTROMER/AFP/Getty Images)

Celtic went into the game two goals up and were comfortable throughout the second leg.

However, Lennon was worried momentarily when Ajer hobbled off in the first 15 minutes. The Norwegian was an injury doubt before the game as he also came off against Hearts last Sunday.

Nevertheless, a threadbare squad means that these players are going into the squad.

The Hoops deploying Tony Ralston is the response by Lennon even when he is struggling.

On Sunday, new Bhoy Mortiz Bauer can slot in at right-back with Ajer at centre-back.

Moritz Bauer is Celtic’s latest recruit. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

However, with Ajer a greater doubt, will it be the makeshift Nir Bitton making a return to the defensive line?

Was the game big enough to start Ajer or was Lennon forced to make a decision?

Odsonne Edouard decision also baffling

Despite many calls from the commentary box by Chris Sutton, Lennon kept Edouard on the pitch.

He is clearly carrying a wrist or hand injury and that was before going off holding his leg in Sweden.

Odsonne Edouard is carrying a cast on his wrist (Photo by JONAS EKSTROMER/AFP/Getty Images)

Edouard is someone Lennon should be wrapping in cotton wool for Sunday’s clash.

Celtic can’t risk the game on Sunday with Edouard playing in foregone conclusions.

Lennon can rue his mistakes from the AIK match. However, until then fans will need to hope that both men recover as soon as possible.