Neil Lennon’s recent Celtic team selection to face Livingston was a tad unexpected. The Hoops boss changed from his recent four at the back system to play three defenders instead.

This meant that the Hoops had three defenders against one striker. Despite Celtic failing to breakdown a stubborn Livingston defence, Lennon didn’t switch to four at the back during the game.

He really should have considered doing this in the second-half, as the Hoops didn’t create many chances in that time.


Adjustment would have suited team

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A move to four at the back could have allowed the Hoops to play with two strikers, Alas, that didn’t happen and the game ended 0-0.

Hopefully the Hoops boss does not repeat this tactical error when the Hoops take on Aberdeen on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

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A similar situation at Hampden

The Hoops could well be in a similar situation, coming up against an opponent playing one striker. However, that does not mean that the Celtic boss should repeat playing three at the back again.

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It makes sense to go to four at the back, with three in the middle and three up-front.

That would give the Hoops plenty of chances to do what they do best: get on the front foot and attack the opponents.

Playing three at the back would be giving Aberdeen too much respect.

There is no need for the Hoops to do that. Just play to the team’s strengths and the semi-final will be won.

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