Rangers will pose Celtic problems with headed goals

By Connor Gordon

December 5, 2019

Celtic will need to be wary of Rangers and their aerial abilities when it comes to Sunday’s cup final.

The Bhoys have conceded from crosses in their last three consecutive games in all competitions. The caveat to it all is that two came off the head of an opposing player.

Rangers’ on form striker Alfredo Morelos could have a field day considering his record in the air.

Celtic must sort out crossing weakness before Rangers final

The Hoops are beginning to pull away from the rest of the pack after last night’s results. Neil Lennon’s men are proving to be the strongest team in the league after a long wait for a gap at the top.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon must ask Kristoffer Ajer to deal with crosses against Rangers. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, there are defensive weaknesses prevailing recently that the Irishman has to fix.

Celtic have conceded a header against Rennes and Ross County, while a lofted ball into the box gave Hamilton a goal.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster gets his critics rightly at times for not coming off his line. Not on these three goals, though, as they were completely down to how the defence was set up to stop the crosses.

Could Fraser Forster be more commanding for Celtic? (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Three crossed balls for a team of Celtic’s size and quality can’t happen and must be addressed by Lennon.

Hoops weakness on crosses is Gers gain

One man who will be licking his lips come Sunday is Rangers striker Morelos. He might have failed to score against Aberdeen last night, but he’ll be seeking retribution on Sunday afternoon.

Morelos is the joke figure having scored no goals in 10 matches against his bitter rivals. The Hoops backline must be wary though as his last three goals have came from headers.

Alfredo Morelos is on three consecutive headers for Rangers. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Two fantastic efforts against Feyenoord got Steven Gerrard’s men a point and then a victory against Hearts.

Lennon must drill into Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer about stopping the Colombian international. Better defenders will concede against him, but other Celtic defenders have coped thus far. Who will be playing right and left-back will also have a difficult day stopping the crosses coming in.

Some things are simpler on paper for a cup final – but this is a vulnerability that Lennon should know about.