Pundit Michael Stewart has suggested Neil Lennon might have to revert to a back four formation for the visit of Hibs to Celtic Park on Sunday, writing in his Scottish Sun column this weekend.

Lennon switched to a back-three after the recent international break and has persisted with that set-up since, though has changed up the shape ahead of the defensive line.

The Bhoys continue to win matches but there are concerns about performance levels and our inability to create chances against defensive teams.

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Lennon’s side have also been susceptible to counter-attacks, which Stewart notes could be a real problem against the Edinburgh side tomorrow.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Could the manager go back to four-man defence and try to protect against the pace of players like Martin Boyle?

The former Hibs midfielder wrote in The Scottish Sun: “Hibs will present them with problems, you can be sure of that. They will look to counter quickly if Celtic push too many bodies forward. I’m sure Jack Ross will look for Martin Boyle to exploit Gregt Taylor and Kristoffer Ajer down the left.

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“Celtic will be a different challenge [to Rangers], not least if Lennon decides to change things up a bit. Given the last few performances, I wonder if he might consider a return to a back four.

“This won’t be like a training game, where the opposition puts 11 bodies behind the ball.”


It’s fair to say that plenty of Celtic fans are looking for a fresh approach from Lennon in tomorrow’s team.

Whether that’s through personnel or formation, the manager needs to shake out a strong performance from his eleven or risks dropping points against a confident Hibs side.

Picking the same tired regulars, who have been devoid of ideas lately, is asking for trouble.

After a gruelling 90 minutes in Latvia, this would be the perfect opportunity to try out talents like David Turnbull or again experiment with an Albian Ajeti and Odsonne Edouard partnership.

Neil Lennon stands alongside the empty stands of Celtic Park

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Bhoys are likely to see plenty of the ball on Sunday but back-four switch could be prudent too, specifically to ensure there are no large gaps for the visitors to exploit on the counter.

All eyes will be on the team announcement.

In other news, West Ham fans are keen on signing Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.

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