Bobby Petta discloses what he has been told about Lennon's Celtic side

By John Reid

May 31, 2019

Former Celtic winger Bobby Petta has revealed that Neil Lennon has told him about the type of football he hopes to play when he takes over as Celtic manager.

He claims that the soon to be confirmed Hoops manager wants the Hoops to get the ball up the park quicker.

“I expect Neil’s team to move the ball forward a bit quicker next season” he said, as reported by the Scotsman.

“A bit quicker”

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Interestingly enough, Petta seemed to indicate that it might require a change in personnel to get the Hoops playing the way that Lennon requires.

“I’ve spoken to Lenny and that’s what he wants to do, but he needs the right personnel. You need a target man who’s strong and has a big presence.”

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Lack a target man

Celtic do not currently have a ‘target man’ type striker on the books. They don’t have the sort of player who can win a flick on or plenty of headers.

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Basically, they don’t have a Chris Sutton type.

The football that Lennon’s Celtic side have played since he took over as interim manager wasn’t easy on the eye at times.

It got results, but perhaps Lennon has recognised that sometimes results aren’t enough for the Celtic support. There has to be good performances as well.

The proof will be there for all to see next season. In the meantime, it will be intriguing to see if the Hoops target a target man striker in the transfer window.