Neil Lennon believes Celtic will perform in upcoming Glasgow derby

By John Reid

December 28, 2019

Celtic weren’t at their best in the Betfred Cup Final earlier this month. The Hoops found it difficult to get going for much of the game, and were indebted to goalkeeper Fraser Forster for a number of fine save to keep Rangers at bay.

The good news is though, as everyone knows, that despite playing poorly Celtic won the game 1-0. With Celtic once more set to take on Rangers on Sunday, Hoops fans will be hoping for the same outcome, but with a better performance.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is confident that his team will perform better at Celtic Park than they did at Hampden against their biggest rivals.

One reason for that which has been identified by the Hoops boss is the likely return of Odsonne Edouard to the starting line-up.

“We will be stronger”

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“We didn’t have a fit centre-forward and Jonny Hayes did a great job at left-back with Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor out. But we will be stronger in terms of personnel this time, and we can play better” Lennon said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun when looking back at the victory.

“We can get on the front foot more, and we need to win a lot more second balls than we did at Hampden. I think we will be a different animal come Sunday.”

Hoops should be more attack-minded at home

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As Celtic are at home, you would expect the Hoops to be more attack-minded than they were in the cup final. That should make a difference to the general tone of the game. More than anything though, it is the ability to play a proper centre-forward from the start of the game that will give the Hoops boss confidence.

Lewis Morgan did well enough in the Betfred Cup Final, but he is no Odsonne Edouard. Edouard’s presence from the start of the game should be enough to give the Hoops a bonus, which hopefully will turn into three points.