There has been a change in Celtic’s game under Neil Lennon which seems to have improved the side. The Hoops interim manager seems to be encouraging his centre-backs to drive forward with the ball and attack the opposition as often as possible.
The latest example of this was in the recent win over Aberdeen. Jozo Simunovic came very close to opening the scoring with a shot after a run from inside his own half.
Kristoffer Ajer seems to be doing the same in almost every game. This seems to be a slight variation from the football played under Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers liked to build from the back more than Lennon seems to. Lennon’s side looks more likely to throw caution to the wind than Rodgers’ did.
Taking a risk
That could prove to be the team’s undoing eventually, but it is working for now. Lennon has always liked centre-backs that have driven forward with the ball.
Charlie Mulgrew and Virgil Van Dijk used to do it on a regular basis. Now it seems that the same thing is happening with Simunovic and Ajer.
The tweak has worked so far for the Hoops, as they are unbeaten since Lennon took over from Brendan Rodgers. Should he become the permanent Celtic boss, the marauding runs of the centre-backs look set to be a staple of the side.