Celtic must prepare for a shock formation change by Motherwell tonight.
The Well have already taken two points off Celtic in the last game and will be able to build on that.
If Stephen Robertson’s men change their shape, then they will be in with a chance.
Celtic must make sure diamonds aren’t forever
If the Steelmen opt to go with a diamond in the midfield, then they will fancy their chances.
This tactic has been tried and tested with success against Celtic in their last two games.
Salzburg defeated Celtic 1-2 with it and Hibs walked over The Bhoys at the weekend winning 2-0 with the diamond in midfield.
The midfield don’t seem to be able to cope with that opposing formation.
There were no willing runners and the players aren’t able to go man for man, and teams are beginning to realise that.
Changes in the Celtic midfield don’t help matters either.
Motherwell can take heart from last game
The reason the Steelmen were so successful at the match at Fir Park was they fought to the end.
Celtic were lethargic and trying to see the game out and let the claret and amber into the game.
Motherwell can build on that by playing the ball around the midfield.
The Hoops’ two holding midfielders are nothing compared to Motherwell’s four central players.
The injury-striken side from a few weeks back played without a wide man to surprising success.
It is worth Robinson trying that again but changing the shape to suit.
To counter it, Celtic must change their own formation and make sure they are going man for man and don’t let Motherwell pass round them like Salzburg and Hibs did.
This is why Ryan Christie is so key to The Bhoys as his impressive engine puts pressure on opponents.
Unfortunately, the player is still a week or two away from fitness.
Thus, Rodgers must prepare for a sturdy Motherwell the best he can with the resources he has.