Lennon admits he likes two strikers in his Celtic team; time to back it up at Ibrox

By David Walton

December 29, 2020

Neil Lennon has admitted that he likes his Celtic team to go with two strikers as he discussed formations ahead of Ibrox on Saturday.

Celtic have games coming thick and fast these days. The Hoops host Dundee Utd tomorrow before a trip to Rangers this weekend.

Much of the focus in recent weeks has been the recent pairing of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard respectively. Together, the pair have struck three goals in their last two games. Both men netted against Hamilton at the weekend after Griff scored vs Ross County days earlier.

And Lennon appeared to hint that this is how he likes his Celtic team to play in the final third. Speaking at his pre-match presser via Celtic TV for the Utd game, the boss discussed formations.

“We’re looking at what suits the players the best. To suit the ones we have available and the ones we have in-form at the minute.

“I’ve always liked playing with two strikers, especially when they’re on form. Obviously Odsonne and Griff have played well in the last few games. The diamond can be a very flexible formation in terms of the way you attack as well – it gives you a lot of possibilities in different areas.

“It also leaves you vulnerable to the counter-attack. So you need good legs in there as well. I thought we were superb at the weekend – it was the best we’ve played for a while.”

Celtic don’t appear to be changing things up anytime soon

Granted, Lennon has left the door open to changing the system. He hasn’t stuck by a specific formation here, but he has decided to talk up the midfield diamond.

We predicted this morning that Celtic will go with that for both Dundee Utd and Ibrox. And it’s clear to see why given it allows Griffiths and Edouard to play together whilst providing the backline with protection.

Lennon says that it leaves us open to the counter. However, that’s exactly why we have Ismaila Soro in there for fresh legs. He’s already shown that he’ll chase down everything in the defensive third. Callum McGregor also has the energy to drop deep when necessary.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates with Celtic teammate Odsonne Edouard (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

So the back four should have plenty of protection when Rangers attack on Saturday. That is of course if Lennon goes with that formation.

It would be highly unusual for Lennon to talk a two-striker system up only to revert back to one. It seems almost certain that Edouard and Griffiths will start against Utd in particular. That gives the duo one final chance to add more evidence to the idea they should both start on Saturday.

And Celtic have replacements there too if necessary. We have Patryk Klimala and Albian Ajeti fit to play if necessary. So the system doesn’t need to be torn up if Eddy or Griff pick up an injury. Here’s hoping Lennon sticks by what will undoubtedly be an exciting formation when Ibrox comes around.

In other news, plenty of Celtic fans were delighted with Neil Lennon’s Tuesday update.