Neil Lennon wants to see more credit given to the Celtic defence

By John Reid

October 10, 2020

Neil Lennon has called for more credit to be given to the Celtic defence, which he feels haven’t been given enough respect for their record this season, the Scottish Sun reports.

The Hoops have conceded only five goals in nine league games, a record that Lennon thinks is worth talking about.

“We have tidied up”

“We are still winning games and winning well. We’ve had four clean sheets as well, which has been overlooked. We have tidied up defensively and I can’t ask the players for any more than what they are giving me” Lennon said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

Celtic defenders Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Lennon says, Celtic’s defensive record has been impressive recently. In the last four games in all competitions, the Hoops have not conceded a goal.

That includes two high pressure European games against Sarajevo and Riga as well. Defeat in either of those games would have seen Celtic crash out of Europe altogether. That would have been a hammer blow to the club. Therefore, credit has to be given to the defence.

Perhaps one reason the defence has been ‘overlooked’ is because at the very start of the season it faltered. The defence didn’t play to the standards demanded of the club in the 2-1 Champions League qualifying defeat to Ferencvaros.

There were other issues that night, such as Celtic not starting with a proper striker. However, the defence struggled. As a result the Hoops failed to make the Champions League for the third season in a row.

Vast improvement since costly defeat

However, there has been a vast improvement since then. That has been aided by the signing of Shane Duffy, who would have made a difference in that game against Ferencvaros has been at the club.

Shane Duffy after scoring for Celtic against St Mirren / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was not to be though, but at least Celtic got that defeat out of the club’s system and are now playing much better in defence.

The clean sheet record will undeniably be tested against Rangers next Saturday. However, Neil Lennon will be confident that the men at the back can add to their recent clean sheet record. Hopefully we are all celebrating five clean sheets in a row and a Celtic win to put the Hoops on the road to 10 in a row.

In other news, Chris Sutton expects Odsonne Edouard to play a part in the upcoming Glasgow derby.