Jozo Simunovic will miss the next three to four months of the season after undergoing surgery on his knee.
It was initially thought the clean-up operation would leave him sidelined for weeks rather than months, but Lennon said he won’t play again this year.
There’s better news for other players fighting their way back to fitness.
Neil Lennon told a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Hibs clash: “I’m hoping Bitton and Johnston will join the squad training on Monday.
“Shved’s back in training. Bauer missed the game on Wednesday with an ankle injury but he’ll be fine and back in the squad. Looking healthy at the minute.”
Leigh Griffiths remains sidelined having picked up a virus to add to his thigh strain, Lennon confirmed.
The Hoops boss was delighted with Jeremie Frimpong‘s debut and feels the 18-year-old could go on to become a Celtic star.
He said: “He has an infectious personality and he’s infectious in the way he plays. He should be really proud of his debut.
“Hopefully a small step in the right direction in having a great career here.”
Frimpong was buzzing after picking up the man of the match award on his professional debut.
He told the Celtic website: “It was amazing, a dream come true.
“It was my first professional game and the fans – I love them already.
“To hear them when I came off was amazing. I’ve been trying to make a good impression and I found out two or three days ago I was starting.
“I played well and now I have to keep that going.
“I’m very grateful that the manager gave me a chance. It’s a dream come true to play for Celtic.
“It’s the biggest club in Scotland so it’s amazing. My goal was to play for the first-team.
“I thought I was ready and I proved to the manager I was ready. He gave me a chance and hopefully I can do more.”