Celtic seem to be a team transformed under Neil Lennon this season. The Hoops boss has thrown off the shackles and allowed his side to play with freedom that was missing last season.

The best example of this is the number of goals that the Hoops have scored in the Premiership this season. After 26 games, Celtic have scored 77 goals.

That matches the total of goals Celtic scored in the entirety of last season, when the side found it difficult to cope with the sudden exit of manager Brendan Rodgers.

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Lennon deserves massive praise for already equalling the number of goals Celtic scored in the league last season with 12 games left this season.

When Lennon took over as Celtic caretaker manager 12 months ago, he seemed to play cautiously in the games he was in charge.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

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

Perhaps that was understandable, as he wanted to get the team over the line to clinch a third successive domestic treble.

Team are playing with freedom

However, from the opening league game this season – a 7-0 win over St Johnstone – the Hoops have played with freedom that seemed to be missing for much of last season.

 

Lennon has encouraged that freedom since Celtic returned from the winter break in Dubai. The Hoops have played six league games in that time, 22 goals in the process.

Neil Lennon with the Premiership trophy

Neil Lennon with the Premiership trophy (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That is similar to the standard that was set in the invincible domestic season of 2016-17.

That season Celtic ended up scoring 106 goals in the league. The Hoops still have a bit of a way to go to reach that tally.

Could come close to equalling ‘invincibles’ goal tally

However, should they keep playing as well as they have done since the winter break, then the current side could come close to the total scored by ‘the invincibles’.

Neil Lennon will probably not comment on the number of goals his team have scored in the league this season, he will be more focused on just winning games.

However, he must be pleased that the team look set to smash a record from last season. Lennon seems to be underrated as a managed, but this goal tally should prove to fans that he has got his Celtic side playing better than Brendan Rodgers did last season.

Long may the goalscoring form continue.

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