Neil Lennon on why Celtic struggled against Hamilton

By John Reid

December 5, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has accepted responsibility for the Hoops’ struggles against Hamilton on Wednesday night. Before the game most would have expected Celtic to cruise to victory, after all, the Hoops had won their last 10 games in all competitions.

However, that did not turn out to be the case, and the Hoops were indebted to Scott Brown’s 92nd minute winner to clinch a 2-1 victory. After the game, Lennon had his say on the game, and admitted that perhaps making a few changes didn’t help the team.

“A little bit of flatness”

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“We were a little bit. That’s maybe down to me and the team selection. There was a little bit of flatness about us and that’s the psychology of football sometimes” he said, as quoted by a video on Celtic’s YouTube channel.

The Hoops boss made a few changes to his side from the team which defeated Ross County 4-1 on Sunday. Nir Bitton and Moritz Bauer both made starts, as did Olivier Ntcham. Perhaps Lennon is indicating that the team might have played better with a few more changes.

That could have stopped the players from getting fatigued at the start of a very busy December schedule. However, Celtic are in such good form that it makes sense not to make wholesale changes to the line-up.

Manager aware Hoops will need to play better in cup final

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Lennon’s honesty shines though in that interview though. He will be well-aware that the Hoops will need to play much better when they take on Rangers in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final.

Celtic can’t play well in every game though, and perhaps the game against Hamilton was just one of those nights. Maybe thoughts started to drift to Sunday’s cup final.

The good thing is that Celtic still managed to win the game despite not playing well. That shows the will to win of the team is very strong, even on occasions when they can play better.