Neil Lennon provides update on Albian Ajeti/Ryan Christie injuries; mixed news for Celtic
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has provided supporters with an update on Albian Ajeti and Ryan Christie’s respective injuries this afternoon.
The Hoops stormed to a superb 3-0 win at home to Hibernian as they closed the gap at the top of the Premiership back down to one. Celtic still have a game in hand over Rangers.
However, the win against Jack Ross’ Hibees didn’t come without its knocks. Ajeti came off holding his hamstring just after scoring in the first half, whilst Christie was hooked at half-time despite initially looking fine as he headed down the tunnel for the break.
Thankfully, Lennon has provided a swift update on both players’ conditions, and it’s mixed news to say the least.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound (27/09, 17:10), Lennon said: “Albian looks like he’s tweaked a hamstring. We hope it’s only two or three weeks, but it’s a blow as he’s on great goalscoring form.
“Ryan should be okay, he got a bit winded by the challenge for the second goal, but he should be okay for Thursday.”
No disaster as of yet
Christie being back is good news, and it looks as though he’ll slot seamlessly back into the side for the trip to Sarajevo on Thursday.
However, Ajeti’s injury is a tad more frustrating. After netting his fifth goal in six Premiership games, there appeared to be no stopping him. It’s absolutely typical that he would tweak his hamstring just weeks before the Glasgow derby against Rangers.
Whether he would’ve started is anyone’s guess, but the Hoops host Steven Gerrard’s men in three weeks. We need to get Ajeti back for that one by any means necessary.
Yes, he might only start on the bench against Rangers, particularly if you take Lennon’s previous team selections into consideration. However, having him available would be a huge boost to our options.
Odsonne Edouard continues to be off-form but will need to come straight back into the team for Thursday night’s clash in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thankfully, with Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala on the bench, we should have sufficient options at our disposal until Ajeti returns.
But it’s still a pain. The Swiss forward was in sensational form, and an injury was the only thing that was going to hold him back. Hopefully, his recovery time is short and he can get back into the squad in no time.