Neil Lennon has pledged to play a crowd-pleasing Celtic team at Ibrox on Sunday, perhaps tipping his hat towards an attacking set-up against Steven Gerrard’s outfit, speaking to The Celtic View (11/03, page 4).
For years now Celtic have predominately played a 4-2-3-1 formation against Rangers, with much success. We’ve absolutely dominated the Ibrox side for the most part.
However, in recent games, they managed to exploit our defence throughout a one-on-one 90 minutes and it could be time for Lennon to try something new.
Will we see a bold 3-5-2 formation at Ibrox?
Lennon, of course, hasn’t said that outright, but he has promised that Celtic will play in a way that fans want the team to.
As quoted by The Celtic View (11/03, page 4), he said: “We have a full week to prepare for this, so we’ll go into it strong and try to win the game using the style of football that’s conducive to the way fans want us to play and what the club’s used to.
“Having a week to get ready for the game is a novelty. It’s been non-stop for us.
“The break was good and then January and February were heavy months, but we got a lot of work into them in Dubai and accomplished a lot of good things, so it’s important we maintain our consistency now and don’t wake our eye off things.”
Although a point at Ibrox would arguably be a good result in the context of our quest for nine-in-a-row, it doesn’t seem that’s something that Lennon is willing to settle for.
He’s clearly looking for all three points and a statement win that will help banish any lingering doubt about the two sides following December’s derby defeat.
For all that’s been said about that one, it’s perhaps forgotten that Celtic have actually won two of the three derbies played so far this season.
Celtic should have no fear about travelling to Ibrox and bringing the game to an out-of-form Rangers on Sunday.
It sounds like that’s exactly what we’ll be aiming to do.