Fresh Neil Lennon comments hint at at exciting Celtic derby decisions

By John McGinley

December 31, 2020

Neil Lennon looks set to unleash an attacking formation full of crowd-pleasing Celtic starters for the upcoming derby against Rangers at Ibrox.

The Celtic boss has already confirmed that goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas will start between the sticks.

Fresh comments today now suggest that he will start with a two-striker formation, while also playing his diamond midfield.

Some fans have worried that Scott Brown will get the nod ahead of Ismaila Soro for the trip across the city.

However, Lennon has made it pretty clear that the Ivorian will play a big role, alongside others.

As quoted by RTE, the Celtic boss said: “We are not even contemplating losing the game. We are going there with a positive frame of mind and we have to play. We have to play a lot better than we did here in October.

“We have Christie, Edouard, Griffiths, Turnbull, Soro, they are all available to play. Hopefully that will give us a real spark going into this game.

“We are playing well, everybody is fit, available and there is good competition for places.

“We are creating a lot of chances which we hadn’t been doing in that (poor) spell. We have been looking a lot more assured at the back, so the players have found their rhythm.”

The Celtic diamond

It sounds like Lennon is going to keep a consistent eleven for the derby then, with no formation tricks or old stalwarts coming into contention.

A midfield of Soro, Turnbull, McGregor and Christie will likely be tasked with supporting Edouard and Griffiths in the attack.

This is great news, for me. Celtic have lacked selection consistency all season.

At times it has appeared he doesn’t know his best team in routine week-to-week matches, nevermind for massive fixtures such as the derby.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon with Ismaila Soro / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This core unit deserves its spot on the Ibrox turf after the results secured in recent weeks.

Has the manager finally found the right shape and personnel to get one over on Steven Gerrard’s league leaders?

We can only hope.

In other news, even Kris Boyd can’t deny the quality of Celtic midfielder David Turnbull.