Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been discussing the tactical change which helped the Hoops clinch a 2-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Hibernian.
Lennon revealed to the Celtic Twitter account that he moved James Forrest into the centre of the park at the beginning of the second-half. The move inside worked, as Forrest curled home a superb goal to give the Hoops the lead.
Kennedy a big help
Lennon also disclosed that Hoops assistant boss John Kennedy helped with ‘a few tweaks’ tactically.
🗣️ NL: "I’ve moved Jamesy into a more central position about 10 minutes before half-time, because we weren’t affecting between the lines enough. John made a few tweaks tactically as well, just to give us better control of the game. The second-half was magnificent."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 2, 2019
Lennon’s comments will please Hoops fans still trying to get over the recent departure of Brendan Rodgers. The interim Hoops boss showed a good bit of tactical flexibility in changing Forrest’s position. The move paid off has he was far more effective in the middle.
Another option in the middle
Celtic now have another option in the middle of the park, an area which has been decimated by injuries.
The mention of John Kennedy is also key. Lennon seems to have been relying on Kennedy this week, as he is used to working with the players.
Kennedy’s ‘tweaks’ must have worked, as the Hoops were much improved in the second-half compared to their first-half performance.
It remains to be seen if Lennon will be appointed Hoops manager on a permanent basis. But he has had an excellent start to his second spell as Hoops boss. Two away wins at difficult venues has ended a traumatic week in style.