Celtic manager Neil Lennon took the bold decision of substituting Scott Brown yesterday afternoon.

The 10 men Hoops were trailing away at Livingston by two goals and in need of more attacking prowess. Thus, the manager looked to the bench in hopes of reinvigorating the team void of ideas.

Olivier Ntcham was the man to replace the captain, but there was nothing more to the change.

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Scott Brown change is purely tactical for Celtic

There will be some fans looking way too far into the substitution of Brown in the second half.

Scott Brown and Neil Lennon celebrate Celtic title win. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Some will think that Lennon and Brown aren’t getting on and this is the Irishman’s way of showing it. However, it’s more likely a tactical switch so that the team goes more on the offensive.

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Brown is a holding midfielder with a defensive brain, which is something the Celts didn’t need at that point. By bringing Ntcham on, Lennon believed the team would be brought up the park more than if Brown remained.

Let’s not forget the ageing legs of the 34-year-old Hoops captain will not be able to play constantly.

Scott Brown during dismal draw against Hibernian at Easter Road. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Perhaps the only downside of the sub was the Hoops losing a bit of leadership in the middle.

 

By the end, it was a predictive free for all which isn’t going to work against a well drilled Livingston side.

The change that does continue to baffle

Many Celtic fans are huge backers of Jonny Hayes especially after his first goal against Rangers last month. However, it appears the Irishman is Lennon’s go to man for a change to put a bit of life in the team.

Strangely, he replaced Boli Bolingoli – a defender – in the defeat at Livingston yesterday afternoon.

Jonny Hayes scoring against Rangers last month. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Lennon needs to see that Hayes isn’t the impact player who will change the game. The Rangers game aside, he has done nothing that warrants that position on the field.

Someone like Scott Sinclair should be coming on due to his goals and assists record.

The Hoops are only going to continue looking for answers if Hayes is the impact sub. Celtic fans are longing for the return of young Mikey Johnston to give back the spark this team needs on the wing.

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