Celtic revamp continues to concede from headers

By Connor Gordon

January 23, 2020

The win over Kilmarnock was the most convincing one for Celtic for a long time.

Neil Lennon’s men finally looked as if they could score more goals while being comfortable. This is partly due to the new formation and personnel the Irishman has deployed in the last two games.

However, the team are still so susceptible to conceding by headers.

Celtic heading in right direction with new shape

After the defeat at home to Rangers, some fans would be calling for a revamp with the team.

Neil Lennon during Celtic defeat against Rangers. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Lennon has done that formation wise as the club are dropping the usual 4-2-3-1 that became stale and flat.

Now, the Celts are playing a 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 which is a new dynamic for the starting XI.

Jeremie Frimpong has been pushed up the pitch into a more natural wing back role, but the jersey is up for grabs on the other side.

The two up top is a refreshing change as Odsonne Edouard finally has someone to play off of. This was shown in the victory last night over Kilmarnock – a continual tough place to go for the Hoops.

Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring against Kilmarnock. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the one downside isn’t unfamiliar for Lennon’s Celtic – conceding from headers.

Headers are the downfall of the Hoops again

It may have been a bit unlucky but the defenders were static as Nicke Kabamba headed past Fraser Forster.

Conceding from headers has been all too present this season and shouldn’t be happening as often, especially with two units at centre-back.

Celtic are needing better organisation at the back. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Reactions have to improve and Forster needs to also be more alert and come out and make his presence felt.

Kilmarnock were unlucky not to score another header later in the match thanks to Forster’s point blank stop.

The defending against the crossing coming into the box has also been feeble.

Celtic are en route to doing something promising with the new shape, but it could all be for nothing if they can’t improve on the same defensive mistakes.