Former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons reckons that Neil Lennon has much more squad depth at his disposal in comparison to Rangers and Steven Gerrard, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column this week.
The Scottish Premiership got underway at the weekend with the reigning champions thrashing Hamilton at home.
Title wannabees Rangers also got their top-flight campaign off to a winning start, narrowly winning against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
After taking in the two matches, Commons noticed a difference in approach when it came to the two managers’ utilisation of the new five substitutions rule.
Lennon used four of his allowance by the end of the match with Gerrard opting to bring on just Scott Arfield.
The pundit reckons it sums up the difference between the two squads this term.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail, Commons said: “They have bigger and better squads than every other club in the country, so the chance to utilise as many of those players as possible should highlight their strength in depth. It should be a blessing. Yet, instead, there was a very clear reluctance from Gerrard on Saturday to throw on some of the players he had available on the bench.
“Listen, it’s too early to say that there’s a lack of faith in these players after just one game – but he definitely needs to get his support cast up to speed.
“You need to have game-changers who can come on and alter the flow of a match. That difference in raw firepower is one of the key things that separates the two clubs just now.
“Celtic had the game wrapped up against Hamilton yesterday – but you still had Patryk Klimala coming off the bench and busting a gut to score their fifth goal with a really clever finish.”
The Ibrox side have since entered the transfer market for two strikers to bolster those attacking options but with rumours of an Alfredo Morelos exit, will Rangers be able to keep up with a free-scoring Celtic side?
As a Bhoys fan, I’m going to say no to that.
I, like Commons, think Celtic’s squad is still the best equipped in the country to run the gauntlet of a difficult schedule between now and May.
With Lennon and his recruitment team yet to really dip into the transfer market, we can also look forward to more quality coming to Celtic Park.
There’s work to be done at the champions and we can’t be complacent but we really are well placed for our ten-in-a-row push.