NEIL LENNON updated the Celtic support after two of his players were forced from the pitch with injuries in the 3-0 win over Hibs yesterday. The Irish manager told Celtic TV that Albian Ajeti could potentially miss the match versus Rangers, confirming that he would be out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.
Ajeti netted Celtic’s second of the afternoon before pulling up with a complaint that required him to be replaced by Odsonne Edouard. Lennon said that it would look like a few weeks on the sidelines, which will be a blow as the Premiership top goalscorer could now miss Celtic’s game versus Rangers on October 17.
“I think it looks like a hamstring for Albian so it could be a couple of weeks for him.”
The player will likely head for a scan to discover the extent of the injury but at the moment, he will be touch and go for the fixture in just over two weeks.
Meanwhile, the second player that was forced from the field was Ryan Christie – who was linked with a move to Burnley over the weekend. David Turnbull replaced Christie at half-time and impressed but Lennon believes that the attacking midfielder should be okay for Celtic’s Europa League play-off versus Sarajevo.
“He was winded and he felt a little bit sore on the stomach.
“We’ll have to wait and see. I think he’ll be fine for Thursday.”
The dominant display over Hibs had a whole host of positives for Neil Lennon; however, the one negative is the injury of Ajeti. The Swiss striker has been brilliant since he arrived from West Ham in a £4.5m deal so it will be a cause of anxiety to the management team to have such a lethal striker potentially ruled out. Although, Lennon still has Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala as well as the talisman Odsonne Edouard to call upon should Ajeti be ruled out.