Celtic boss Neil Lennon looking to change things up next season

By Hamish Carton

June 21, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon says he is open to trying new things next season.

The Hoops manager is gearing his side up for another tilt at domestic dominance after steering them to the treble treble last season. Lennon came in as an emergency replacement when Brendan Rodgers departed the club for Leicester City in February.

He tried to keep things the same from Rodgers’ time in charge and it worked as the club secured the Premiership and Scottish Cup trophies.

But now he’s been installed as permanent boss, Lennon thinks it might be time to put his own stamp on the team.

The official Celtic Twitter page reports Lennon as saying: “Now I can start putting my own imprint on things. I’m not ripping it up and starting again, but we’re looking at different styles and formations.”

Two up front?

When Lennon mentions different formations, fans will automatically think of the possibility of him playing a 4-4-2.

The Northern Irishman has often favoured playing two strikers during his management career to date. In his first spell at Celtic, he had real joy when pairing Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes together.

Lennon also tried similar with Hibernian pairing Florian Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren when he was in charge at Easter Road. It worked for the first season but petered out last year as Lennon came under pressure.

If he was to do so at Celtic then Leigh Griffiths would be the obvious partner to Odsonne Edouard. The pair have never really featured together for the club so it would be interesting to see how they got on.

Brendan Rodgers started last season’s European qualifiers by playing Edouard and Moussa Dembele together. The pair seems to link up really well before an unfortunate injury to Dembele.

The possibility of a 4-4-2 formation could also increase the likelihood of a new striker coming in. Celtic currently only have Vakoun Issouf Bayo to add to Edouard and Griffiths’ firepower so another new recruit may be required.