By Frank McAvennie

19th Nov, 2020 | 12:00pm

'Massive for Lenny' - Exclusive: McAvennie over the moon at big Celtic update

Frank McAvennie claims it is “a massive relief” for Celtic manager Neil Lennon to have Mohamed Elyounoussi and Kristoffer Ajer available this weekend.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it is “great news” as the pair are “two of the most important players” at the club.

Reports earlier this week suggested that Elyounoussi and Ajer would have to self-isolate for 10 days but the club have since confirmed their availability for this Saturday’s clash against Hibernian at Easter Road.

Elyounoussi was Celtic’s standout player prior to the international break, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win at Motherwell on his previous outing.

While Ajer has been the only constant in Neil Lennon’s heavily scrutinised defence this season, the Norway international starting all but one of the Hoops’ league fixtures.

When asked by Football Insider how big a boost the official team news update was from the club, McAvennie said:

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“It is a massive relief for Neil Lennon because they are two of Celtic’s most important players for me.

“Elyounoussi is scoring goals and Ajer brings the pace to the back four because when balls come over the top he is the one that chases.

“It is a massive boost for them to come back after the international break.

“We all thought they were missing but all of a sudden they are back in, it is great.”

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that he expects Neil Lennon to make “big name” signing in January if player fails to improve.