Neil Lennon has bizarrely claimed that he’s only been working with one striker since he arrived at Celtic.
The Northern Irishman acknowledged Odsonne Edouard as his top striker at the moment. But, in addition to the Frenchman, Celtic also have Timothy Weah in their ranks as first reserve if anything happened to the PSG loan star.
Should Celtic be hard pressed, Oliver Burke is also an option up top. Lennon has featured him in the lone striker’s position just like Brendan Rodgers did before him. Therefore, you could say that Celtic have three options up front.
Despite that, however, Lennon was speaking in the Record about Leigh Griffiths’ potential return. Whilst doing so, he touched on the fact he only has one natural centre forward.
“Again, he’s a player (Griffiths) we could have been doing with over the piece as we have been working really with one striker.
“That one striker (Odsonne Edouard) has done brilliantly for me, but it would be good to have another one.”
Eh, awkward for Timo
Weah has proven to be a useful outlet for Celtic in each of his 16 appearances for the Hoops. He’s only managed three starts incredibly, but he’s mainly been used as a forward during his time here.
That’s his natural position. Granted, Lennon has been using him down the left side mainly since coming in. Perhaps, then, Lennon doesn’t see Weah as a striker and more of a winger?
Regardless, these aren’t great comments to read for the USA youngster. It doesn’t exactly come across as though Lennon is going to be giving him a shot over or alongside Edouard. But to say he doesn’t have another striker is a bit of a slap in the face to Weah.
Could it be that Lennon just doesn’t see him as a forward?
It’s also another slap for fellow loan-star Oliver Burke. The West Brom-owned attacker has mainly played as a lone-striker for Celtic despite being primarily a right-winger. If Lennon doesn’t see him as a forward from now on, however, then that’s probably a good thing.
The only problem for Burke is that he’ll struggle to get a game down either flank. James Forrest and Jonny Hayes are in good form, and now that we’re into the final stretch of the season, Burke’s chances could be limited.
In any case, these comments throw up some questions. What do you make of Lennon’s one-striker statement? Let us know in the comment section below.