Neil Lennon has been speaking to the media ahead of Celtic’s clash with Hibernian tomorrow, and he’s delivered an update on Kristoffer Ajer.
The club’s official Twitter account quotes Lennon as saying: ‘Maybe not fit for tomorrow but definitely this week, whether it be Sparta or Ross County. He’s started training and feeling good but tomorrow’s too soon for him.’
The 22-year-old hasn’t played for the Bhoys since November 8th, when he limped off the field during a 4-1 win over Motherwell.
Ajer – who cost Celtic £650,000 – travelled with Norway for the international break with Lars Lagerback hoping to be able to call on the centre-back at some point.
However, the former IK Start defender still isn’t ready to play, and will miss tomorrow’s clash away to Hibernian – a must-win game for the Hoops.
Celtic find themselves nine points behind arch-rivals Rangers after 12 games of the campaign. However, Steven Gerrard’s men have played 14 games, so Lennon has two matches in hand to make up some ground.
Ajer will be a huge loss, although it is encouraging to hear that the Norwegian isn’t far away from a return, and could even feature against Sparta Prague or Ross County next week.
The Rælingen-born centre-back has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Celtic this term, scoring a goal and assisting one more.
It is vital that Ajer gets himself fit again as soon as possible.