Celtic will be eyeing several improvements from the weekend against Cluj.
The Scottish and Romanian champions collide again following their Champions League qualifier. The Celts are reeling after a draw against Hibs in which there were many careless tactical mistakes.
This is a revenge mission for The Bhoys who were knocked out by Dan Petrescu’s men. Neil Lennon and co will not want to let another game against Cluj slip away at Celtic Park.
Celtic looking at improving on weekend result against Cluj
An unlucky own goal and two clear penalties kept the Hoops from winning against Hibs on Saturday.
Their performance was average but it should have been Lennon’s Bhoys taking all three points in Edinburgh.
Let’s not forget though that there were clear errors that should have been rectified even before kick-off. Playing with four central midfielders and only one winger was a glaringly obvious gaff by Lennon. Fans only need to look at the way Rangers set up in the last Glasgow Derby to see how this isn’t a good move.
They set up with less width and it didn’t work as the Hoops excelled down the bylines.
Ryan Christie was shoehorned out wide to make way for Olivier Ntcham and that shouldn’t happen.
Hoops fans will be hoping they revert to normality tomorrow
Some fans will want Scott Brown to be the one to sit out but it’s not going to happen. Thus, Ntcham will need to come off the bench where he is clearly more effective.
Christie is far better in the middle and can also nip in with a goal – he is wasted out wide.
Don’t forget that Stuart Armstrong was in a similar position out wide left before being put back into the middle.
In turn, the likes of Mohamed Elyounoussi, Scott Sinclair or Mikey Johnston, if fit, can play in their natural position. This gives the team more width and players in a place where they are all comfortable.
Fans will be looking at left-back when the team is announced to make sure Callum McGregor isn’t there. However, they should then divert their eyes a few inches ahead of the screen to make sure a proper winger is in that spot.