Celtic boss Neil Lennon has praised Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte for his “really brave” decision to bring back playing two strikers up front.
Lennon has gone with two up top on his first couple of matches of 2020, with Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths both leading the line in the wins over Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock.
Lennon was quizzed about his thoughts on the formation potentially dying out earlier today, as he chose to praise the former Italy boss for persevering.
“Inter Milan, Conte will play with two strikers,” Lennon told press. (Official Celtic YouTube channel)
“I thought that was really brave of him to bring that formation back. It worked well for him at Juventus, he did it at Italy and he’s doing it now at Inter Milan with great success.
“You look at your personnel and who’s fit and available. You look at your best players and you think what way can we exploit the opposition with the personnel that we have.
“Sometimes you play with a four, and sometimes you play with a three or a five.”
Lennon was a fan of two up top in his first spell as Celtic boss
Lennon playing two strikers has perhaps produced a bit of an overreaction from many quarters.
During his first tenure as Hoops boss he frequently played with a front two. Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes were the most obvious duo to spring to mind but the likes of Georgios Samaras and Tony Watt also featured in a similar system.
Given that we are missing midfield goalscoring talent like Mohamed Elyounoussi, James Forrest and Ryan Christie at present, it does make sense to get as many goalscorers on the pitch as possible.
Griffiths and Edouard certainly fit into that category and it will be interesting to see if the pair can continue their relationship this weekend against Ross County.
If they do then it may be hard for the aforementioned absentees to get their place back in the team.