Michael Stewart was impressed with the changes made by Neil Lennon at half-time in Celtic’s 3-1 defeat to Milan in the Europa League.
The Hoops struggled badly in the first-half and trailed 2-0. However, a formation change to four at the back and the introduction of Mo Elyounoussi, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic gave the Hoops a foothold in the game.
Elyounoussi’s goal brought the Hoops into the match, but a late Milan breakaway sealed the win for the Italian side. However, Celtic’s improvement in the second-half should not be forgotten about.
“The benefits are there for all to see”
“Clearly better from Celtic, surely nobody could think this shape isn’t the best suited for their players. No longer square pegs in round holes and the benefits are there for all to see” the Celtic TV pundit said on Twitter.
He then followed this up with another Twitter comment on the much-improved display.
“The pace of attacks, the interchange between the players and territorial pressure so vastly improved in the second half. The players infinitely more comfortable playing this way” Stewart said.
The change in formation and in personnel really did transform Celtic in the game. From a team who had done very little in the first-half, they were much improved in the second-half and indeed controlled much of the game.
Hoops were dramatically improved in second-half
It might be going too far to suggest that Celtic deserved a point, but after the 90 minutes against Rangers and first 45 against Milan any sign of improvement has to be taken.
It will be interesting to see what Neil Lennon does for the game against Aberdeen on Sunday. That is a massive game for the Hoops, in the battle for the Premiership.
A good convincing win would help lift the gloom that is currently surrounding the club. With the same personal and formation as ended the game, Celtic are more than capable of getting the three points.
This defeat could lead to a bright future for Celtic. Only time will tell.
In other news, some Celtic fans were impressed with Diego Laxalt against Milan.