Celtic manager Neil Lennon has provided an update on six players ahead of today’s Scottish Cup clash against Clyde.
In recent weeks, Celtic have seen a return to action from the likes of Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic, whilst Boli Bolingoli and Mohamed Elyounoussi have both made some of our more recent squads too.
However, the likes of Nir Bitton and Jeremie Frimpong haven’t managed a return since their respective knocks against Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock respectively.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, however, Lennon touched on the status of all six individuals.
“Ryan Christie’s only had a few half-hours, but he’s fully fit now and he’ll definitely come into our thinking for the Clyde game.
“Mohamed Elyounoussi and Tom Rogic aren’t a million miles away. Boli Bolingoli is also back in the squad and Jeremie Frimpong and Nir Bitton are on the way back too.”
Very little long-term concerns for the Hoops
This is positive stuff. With Celtic slap bang in the middle of a hectic period of the season, we could do with as many bodies as we can get.
Frustratingly, Hatem Abd Elhamed wasn’t one of the players mentioned by Lennon. His injury picked up in Dubai continues to rule him out, with only Moritz Bauer available to play at right-back should the manager choose to go with four at the back.
The positives, however, far outweigh the negatives. Bitton’s return will add some much-needed depth to our centre-back options, whilst Frimpong will help solve the lack of bodies at right-back. Their respective return appears imminent.
Meanwhile, Elyounoussi managed to make the squad for Wednesday night’s 4-0 hammering of Motherwell. Yet, despite Celtic running away with the match, he wasn’t given a run-out. That was perhaps a sign that he wasn’t ready quite yet to return to action. It’ll be interesting to see whether he returns today against Clyde.
Boli, on the other hand, hasn’t been injured whatsoever. Lennon stated previously that his omission since the winter break has simply been down to needing a rest (Daily Record). He has a huge fight on his hands to win back his spot at left-back off the confident Greg Taylor.
Finally, Rogic has returned to on-field action, but Lennon clearly feels that he also isn’t at 100% fitness either. More game-time should help that, and today’s outing against Clyde gives the manager the ideal opportunity to throw him in.