Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has admitted that he was surprised by Neil Lennon’s decision to not play Jonny Hayes at left-back against Cluj.
Lennon played midfielder Callum McGregor at left-back, which proved to a costly mistake. He had a poor game in the 4-3 defeat.
Now Hay has had his say on the matter.
“Never let us down”
“I was surprised Neil didn’t look to Johnny Hayes who isn’t a natural left-back but has never let us down” Hay said, as reported by the Evening Times.
“I’m not saying Callum McGregor can’t play that role but, for me, the midfield triangle of Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Callum worked so well in the first leg.”
Hay is correct about the absence of Hayes. It is unlikely he would have struggled as much as McGregor did during the match.
Manager has made a huge mistake
Also, had Hayes played it would have allowed McGregor to play in his natural midfield role. However, Lennon decided to play McGregor at left-back, which in retrospect was a huge mistake.
It is a bit concerning for Celtic that Lennon would rather play McGregor at left-back than recent signing Boli Bolingoli. That seems to indicate that Bolingoli may not be first choice left-back this season. The Hoops might well bring another player in.
Fans will be happy with that, as long as it means that McGregor never plays at left-back again.