Hatem Abd Elhamed’s absence has been overlooked due to Jeremie Frimpong proving to be a more than adequate deputy.
The former Hapoel Be’er Sheva defender suffered a groin injury late on against Lazio on November 7 and hasn’t featured since that epic night in the Stadio Olympico.
Updates on the injury have been scarce but last night Elhamed published a picture on Instagram showing him in training at Celtic Park.
Earlier this season Elhamed appeared to be out of contention for the September derby at Ibrox but was named in the side and turned in a polished performance.
Frimpong has made seven first team appearances but it seems that some supporters are going into a panic after his form dipped for 15 minutes away to Ross County.
Should Elhamed be a starter at Hampden?
Yes, if fit he can step straight in
No, He can't be ready to start a cup final
If Elhamed is close to full fitness it will provide Neil Lennon with a welcome option at the back, beyond Sunday’s League Cup Final Celtic have a run of three matches in seven days against Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen between December 15 and 21.