Some interesting comments by Neil Lennon regarding Celtic’s recent Europa League game against Rennes. He suggested that the Hoops will be facing a style that they aren’t necessarily familiar with.
“It’s a system we’re not used to playing against. We’ve thought a lot about this game and worked on a few things, the players are ready” he said, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 18, 2019
That could be an indication that the Hoops boss is considering a change in style to combat the threat that will be posed by the French side.
A change to three at the back?
Could that perhaps mean a change to three at the back for the Hoops? That would be a gamble, as Celtic have not often played that formation this season.
That three would presumably be Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Hatem Abd Elhamed. The trio have played at centre-back for the Hoops since joining the club, so they would be comfortable in that position.
It will be interesting to see if it is either a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3 that Lennon would play if he changes his style. The move to a 3-5-2 makes more sense, as it would allow the Hoops to stiffen up the midfield.
Important thing not to lose game
The most important thing for Celtic is not to lose the game in Rennes. A draw would not be a bad result. Therefore, making sure that Celtic are tough to beat could be a good idea.
That could happen if the Hoops change to a 3-5-2. That would allow the Hoops to stay strong in the middle of the park, and in defence.
The fact that the Celtic boss has admitted having worked on things in training suggests that the team may well be changing its style for this game.
It will be interesting to see the Celtic team-sheet when the side is announced before the game. Only then will we find out Lennon’s plan.