Kristoffer Ajer was sent off for Hatem Abd Elhamed during Saturday afternoon’s thrilling match. Now, Celtic boss Neil Lennon gives a worrying update.
Celtic handedly defeated St. Mirren 5-0 while riding the performances of Odsonne Edouard, Callum McGregor and of course, Leigh Griffiths. After a disappointing spell of matches, the Hoops got it going again against the Saints.
The much needed win puts Celtic 16 points ahead of Rangers in the table, but the cross-town rivals will have a chance to cut that lead down tomorrow when they take on Ross County. Furthermore, this win helps build momentum for the Hoops. With Rangers lurking next Sunday, they needed this type of performance.
However, not all was well and good during Saturday afternoon’s match. Centre-back and Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer was sent off late in the match with an apparent calf injury. However, his injury made way for Hatem Abd Elhamed to make his much anticipated return. Elhamed has not seen match play since Lazio during the Group Stage of the Europa League.
After the match, Neil Lennon spoke with the media and provided a bit of a worrying update on Kristoffer Ajer:
🎙️ Neil Lennon on Ajer: "He was feeling his calf a little bit but we are hoping it's nothing significant."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 7, 2020
It did not appear in real time that anything was quite the issue with Ajer. Instead, it looked like he was pulled from the match to give Hatem Abd Elhamed minutes. But now, it appears that Kristoffer Ajer is indeed injured, it just remains to be seen how severe it is.
With Rangers ahead next week, it will be all men on deck for the match. The Hoops are eager to take the pitch against their rivals again after an embarrassing defeat in December. Kristoffer Ajer helps solidify a backline, that without him would have huge questions marks. Here is to hoping Kristoffer Ajer comes out ok and makes a quick recovery.