Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has joined in the praising of Celtic by stating that they’re a better team now than they were under Brendan Rodgers.
Lennon’s Hoops are flying. They’re in pole position to qualify for the last-16 of the Europa League and sit a cool 12 points clear at the top of the Premiership. That came after a 10th consecutive domestic win against Kilmarnock on Sunday, whilst Rangers slipped to a 2-2 draw at St Johnstone.
Yet the swashbuckling football we’ve been playing since the winter break has been just as impressive as the results. Celtic have scored an incredible 33 goals in 11 games overall. Only one fixture has seen us fail to score more than one goal too.
Ferguson, in fairness to him, has acknowledged Celtic’s attacking prowess. And speaking to PLZ Soccer, he admits Celtic are a better watch now than we were under Rodgers.
“I think Celtic are a better team under Neil Lennon than they were under Rodgers. Yup, I really do. I think they are more attack-minded.
“The thing I like about them is, he’s gone away after that crucial Old Firm game on the 29th, and they went away and worked on a certain system that I think suits them well.
“You get two strikers up top. I think Edouard and Griffiths look a real danger together, so for me, Celtic are definitely a better team under Neil Lennon.
Celtic look a lot more organised this year
There was something desperate to our January work last season. The likes of Timothy Weah, Oliver Burke, and Jeremy Toljan all arrived on respective six-month loan deals. It clearly wasn’t a long-term investment for any of the three.
This season, however, Lennon has tweaked appropriately. Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro both joined. Yet whilst we’ve yet to see an impact from either man, both were areas that desperately needed strengthening. You can see what Celtic have been working on, and that wasn’t particularly the case last year.
Everyone acknowledges we went on a fine eight-game winning run last season after the winter break. Sensationally, we also managed eight consecutive league clean sheets. Yet in those eight matches, Celtic only scored 28 goals. I say only, but it was still a fine achievement. Yet it still remains five goals less than the current side.
The football in some of the wins last year wasn’t great to watch. Whilst since coming back from the winter break this season, nearly every match we’ve played in has been a fine Celtic performance.
But the stats don’t lie either. Of 49 games this season so far, 41 have resulted in Celtic victories. After 49 games a year ago, we had only won 33 (Soccerbase). There has been clear signs of improvement, and it’s surely enough to say now that Lennon’s side is much better than the team Rodgers left us with in his closing months.
Granted, the Invincible season for many will be unmatchable. But that’s three years ago now – Lennon’s team is bringing us as close to that side as we’ve ever come since.
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