Celtic boss Neil Lennon has insisted that the Hoops were unlucky to lose to Ferencvaros in last month’s Champions League qualifier, reports Sky Sports.
Celtic’s Champions League dreams came to an end in the unexpected 2-1 loss at Celtic Park. However, Lennon believes luck played an element in the defeat.
“We were very unlucky”
“I felt we were very unlucky. I don’t think it was anything to do with the players’ mindset” Lennon said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“We’ve equalised, we’ve hit the bar, we’ve had a goal disallowed, and then we just lost concentration for a split second. So it was one that got away from us” he concluded.
You can understand where Lennon is coming from, to an extent. The Hoops did create lots of chances in the game. However, you need to take those chance, especially in a vital European fixture.
Another aspect of the defeat, which Lennon doesn’t mention, is his team selection on the night. He played Ryan Christie, who is not a striker, as his main striker on the night, as Odsonne Edouard was injured.
Team selection didn’t work out
That move didn’t work out, as Christie missed a few chances that would have helped the Hoops put the game away.
Therefore, you can see why Lennon thinks that the team was unlucky. However, other circumstances have to be taken into account.
Interestingly, there is presumably little chance that Lennon would repeat that strikerless experiment now. The reason for that is how well Albian Ajeti has adopted to life in Glasgow.
Still, managers do learn from their mistakes. However, it is interesting that the Hoops boss didn’t mention the striking situation when discussing the Ferencvaros game. Still, it is promising to note that Celtic haven’t let what was a very poor result derail the season.
The Hoops are currently on a winning streak, and a win by two goals against Livingston on Saturday will see Celtic go top of the league.
That is how you bounce back from adversary, and Lennon and his players deserve credit for that.