Neil Lennon acknowledges two-striker Celtic formation can help Odsonne Edouard

By John McGinley

August 23, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has acknowledged changing to a two-striker formation can help Odsonne Edouard have more of an impact in matches, The Scottish Sun reports.

Lennon was delighted last night after the Bhoys picked up a crucial three points thanks to a late goal from Albian Ajeti.

The Swiss international came into the game in the second half, with the manager and his coaching staff switching to a formation utilising both forwards.

That added threat in the box disrupted the Dundee United defence enough for them to finally concede, with Ajeti having a big hand in creating the chance that led to his finish.

Albian Ajeti scores for Celtic / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

It will likely lead to calls from supporters for a return of last season’s successful 3-5-2 formation and Lennon has acknowledged it can help Edouard.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “We wanted to get two strikers on so we re-jigged it to see if we could get something out of it.

“I think it suits Odsonne Edouard at times.

“The good thing is that we can be flexible with it. We have the personnel to do it and sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t.

“I’m not saying I’m a tactical genius, it’s sometimes just common sense that comes into your thinking to get guys onto the pitch.”

Whether Lennon is now convinced enough to immediately change things up for the visit of Ferencvaros is another matter.

The Hungarian champions will arrive at Celtic Park and carry plenty of offensive threat of their own.

Changing our starting formation without much match practice would be a bold decision.

Celtic celebrate Albian Ajeti’s winner against Dundee United / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

However, moving forward, a gradual change back to the 3-5-2 will arguably get the best out of our creative and attacking talents.

Edouard looked a little isolated at Tannadice yesterday and having another player in and around the box could create the space needed for the Frenchman to unlock his potential and truly shine.

In other news, Hatem Abd Elhamed is looking forward to being Lennon’s big game player.