Brendan Rodgers should revert to Celtic's pre-season set-up

By Connor Gordon

January 9, 2019

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wants to revert the team back to form.

To do so, there will be a bit of chop and change with personnel to make it happen.

New signing Timothy Weah let slip about his place in the team according to Rodgers.

This has prompted speculation about the Celtic set-up after the winter break.

Celtic could adopt successful pre-season set-up

During July last year, The Bhoys blew away their opposition adopting a successful 4-3-3 formation.

The players were on fire, beating Sparta Prague, Shamrock Rovers, Alashkert twice and Standard Liege.

Celtic are looking to find Moussa Dembele’s replacement and it can be Weah. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The key to this was the combination of Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest on either wing and Moussa Dembele through the middle.

Opposition couldn’t handle all three players on-form and Celtic reaped the benefits.

However, with Dembele transfering to Lyon at the end of the window, the set-up changed.

Timothy Weah can be Celtic’s new marksman as Hoops look for a plan B up front. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Getty Images)

Fortunately, with the acqusition of Weah, Rodgers could be ready to have the 18-year old play in the Dembele role.

Personnel will make Rodgers’ decision a success

Celtic now have three strikers at their behest that will do damage in Scotland.

Edouard has had success playing on the left in the past and Forrest is arguably player of the year.

Not much is known about Weah but he is said to be physical and athletic.

His pace will draw defenders away and balls can be played over the top – an outlet The Bhoys haven’t had this season.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo can give Celtic an aerial edge which is lacking at the moment. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

If Bayo is the man Rodgers will go for, then he offers another outlet Celtic are starved of.

The Ivorian appears to be good in the air and will allow The Hoops to go more route one.

Finally, Celtic have a much needed ‘Plan B’ that can be chopped and changed.

No longer can fans complain about predictability and be void of ideas.

This is probably one of the best takes from the current window as this was a major downsides of the first half of the season.

Rodgers must be careful about how he uses his new players.