Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has complimented current boss Neil Lennon on a change in tactics, the Daily Record reports.
The Hoops changed from a 4-3-3 system to a 3-5-2 system following the 2-1 loss to Rangers in December.
Strachan believes Lennon deserves credit for making that momentous decision, as if it had gone wrong it could have backfired badly.
“He’s maybe gone away and thought about how he can change it, and he’s come up with a new formation and different way of playing” Strachan said, as reported by the Daily Record.
“Got this one spot on”
“That takes a bit of courage for a manager to do. You’ve got to make that change yourself and you know, when you do, it could go devastatingly wrong. But he’s got this one spot on.”
Lennon’s decision has been a game-changer this season. Since moving to a two up-front system, the Hoops have roared 12 points clear at the top of the league, and have won our last eight league games in a row.
That is a record that nobody in Scotland can come close to matching, and it might not have happened had Lennon not decided to change his system.
Attacking duo work very well together
As Strachan says, if it hadn’t worked then it could have gone badly wrong. However, the duo of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard work incredibly well together, perhaps even better than Lennon expected.
That is the measure of a good manager. Lennon was willing to take a risk to change Celtic’s system, and so far it has paid off.
Does this mean that the Hoops will stick with two strikers up-front for the foreseeable future? Probably not, things might change when it comes to games in Europe.
However, when it comes to domestic football, Celtic are currently in a class above any other contender, and that is in part to Neil Lennon’s brave decision.