Neil Lennon mustn't change Celtic team for Rennes

By Connor Gordon

September 18, 2019

Neil Lennon should be just about finished prepping Celtic for the match against Rennes tomorrow.

The Hoops and the French cup winners are facing off in the Europa League group opener.

Celtic are coming into the match in better form than their opponents who are at home.

The Irishman needs to be reminded though that he shouldn’t try and fix what isn’t broken to get a result.

Neil Lennon shouldn’t be making Celtic changes for Rennes

Celtic are well within reach of getting a draw and perhaps a win tomorrow at Roazhon Park.

Mbaye Niang is out of Thursday’s match with Celtic. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Rennes are without star striker Mbaye Niang which will make a lot of difference to the proceedings.

The current Celtic 11 picks itself for the first time in a long time and is finally stable after so many changes.

A defensive balance is found and the midfield is on fire as well as Odsonne Edouard scoring for fun.

Lennon may be tempted to throw in the likes of Olivier Ntcham for the occasion and it’s a big no no.

The Frenchman has bags of ability and he hasn’t done anything wrong so far, but the current side is working so well.

Neil Lennon must use Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham with caution. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ntcham would upset the dynamic as McGregor would have to drop into an attacking role with Christie pushed wide.

Olivier Ntcham will have his uses on Thursday night

In a similar manner to the recent derby match, Ntcham can come on later in the match to seal it.

Fans know he can hold up play and even bring the game forward into the opponent’s half.

Playing him from the start isn’t worth the risk.

The same applies to others such as perhaps picking Moritz Bauer over Hatem Abd Elhamed or sticking the Israeli at centre back.

Mikey Johnston will miss key Celtic games with injury despite being a starter. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon must trust the same squad from Saturday to do the job in Europe.

Only when the standards drop should he be thinking about competitors in other areas.

Fans still talk about Lennon’s tactics at home to Cluj when he made drastic changes.

Let’s hope he is learning from his previous disastrous mistakes.