Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been left deeply unimpressed by Neil Lennon’s options in attack beyond Odsonne Edouard after yesterday’s cup final win over Rangers, The Daily Record report.
Although we’re all celebrating the fantastic smash-and-grab 1-0 victory today, clearly there were aspects of our performance at Hampden that left a lot to be desired.
One of our biggest issues came in the opposition half, where the lack of depth in our striking department was on full display.
Winger Lewis Morgan was given the nod to lead the line due to Edouard’s injury problems, but he struggled in isolation up against the Rangers defensive line.
It wasn’t until the Frenchman came into the game in the second half that we truly started retaining possession moving forward.
Sutton thinks it’s something that Lennon will try and fix in the upcoming January transfer window.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “There was no focal point and it was painful to watch as Lewis Morgan just isn’t anywhere near the level of Odsonne Edouard. To be blunt, he’s not a natural centre-forward and when he was on the pitch Celtic were effectively playing with 10.
“The absence of the Frenchman from the starting line-up begs another question and it is: Where is Leigh Griffiths?
“Not having a centre-forward to hit was just one of a host of problems for Celtic as they just couldn’t get a foothold in that first half.
“That lack of options is something Lennon will now look to address in January because they got away with one yesterday and that lesson will have been learned.”
Although it’s harsh to criticise Morgan too much – he is a player out of position right now – it is obvious he can’t be considered one of our main striking options moving forward.
Vakoun Bayo has been struggling with injuries throughout 2019 and Leigh Griffiths is still not quite getting up to speed. As Sutton noted the Scotland international was completely missing from the match squad.
The lack of depth has become a glaring problem in Lennon’s squad.
The second half of the season could see us fighting it out on three fronts for trophies and if we have any sort of ambition to go deep into the Europa League and maintain a title bid, then we simply need to sign quality in attack.
Hopefully the recruitment team have targets in mind as we approach the upcoming window.