Neil Lennon welcomed Moi Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie back into his starting XI against Clyde but revealed an injury set-back for Jeremie Frimpong.
The defender was on the end of a brutal challenge from Alan Power during Celtic’s 3-1 win away to Kilmarnock on January 22.
No action was taken against the Killie midfielder but it was expected that the teenager would resume training tomorrow.
?? Neil Lennon on Frimpong: “We’re hoping he’ll be back in training on Monday.”
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Lennon had good news on the injury front to report after the 3-0 win over Clyde but it now seems that the timeline for Frimpong’s return has been delayed.
Discussing the first starts of 2020 from Christie and Elyounoussi the Daily Record reports the Celtic boss saying:
(That was) really important, and important to get some rest as well with the amount of games we’ve got coming up. The likes of Elyounoussi and Christie, them getting 85 or 90 minutes under their belt will do them a lot of good.
You just have to take each game as it comes and win each game as it comes as best you can. We’ve got a midweek game then another one next weekend so they’re coming thick and fast, but we’re getting a few back now.
We’ve got Bitton and Elhamed, they’ll start training tomorrow, and then we just wait and see how long (Jeremie) Frimpong’s going to be.
Moritz Bauer played at right-back today with Jozo Simunovic making a number of appearances on the right of a back three in recent weeks. Stephen Welsh was cup tied after playing for St Johnstone against Morton in the previous round.
Elyounoussi looked to be firing on all cylinders today which adds to Lennon’s firepower with Olivier Ntcham and Christie competing for a place in front of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.