Neil Lennon may just have given a hint that he’s ready to play a 3-5-2 when Celtic take on Copenhagen tomorrow night.
The Hoops are back in Europa League action at Parkhead as we aim to see off the Danes after a 1-1 draw last week.
Lennon’s hand was forced in the Danish capital, as he opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation following an injury to Leigh Griffiths.
But with Griff back for tomorrow night, he could choose to pair him alongside Odsonne Edouard and go three at the back.
“Possibly yes. Possibly,” Lennon said when asked if he could play 3-5-2 by a member of the press. (Celtic official YouTube channel)
“I’m not gonna give the team or the formation away, but it’s a possibility yes.”
Lennon has liked 3-5-2 so far this year
While Lennon is still clearly keeping his cards close to his chest, the nature of his answer does suggest that he is, at the very least, considering 3-5-2.
He’s adopted that formation in eight of our 11 games so far this year – with Ross County, Clyde and Copenhagen the only exceptions.
Many will point to the latter and say that it suggests Lennon is not keen to play 3-5-2 in Europe.
However, the fact Griffiths wasn’t available for the game in Denmark was surely a pretty telling factor.
Don’t be surprised to see two up front tomorrow night, with Jozo Simunovic, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer making a back three.
On the face of it, that may seem risky on the European stage. But we have nothing to fear against Copenhagen. It is up to us to take the game to them on our own patch, and having two strikers up front would certainly do that.
We’re backing Lennon to go two up top tomorrow. But you’ll have to wait until about half six for clarification.