Former Celtic midfielder Si Ferry reckons that the Hoops play much better in a 3-5-2 formation.

Neil Lennon’s men squandered some early points in the Premiership on Sunday, after a 1-1 draw away to Kilmarnock.

Lennon set his team out in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation – but the side looked far from convincing in the drab draw.

Ryan Christie produced one moment of joy on Sunday

Ryan Christie produced one moment of joy on Sunday / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The performance was very different to our last visit to Rugby Park, in January, when we ran out convincing 3-1 winners.

Lennon played a 3-5-2 that night, and Open Goal host Ferry thinks the team look far more comfortable when adopting that formation.

“We need to give Kilmarnock credit”, he said on the Keeping the Ball on the Ground Podcast. (36 minutes)

“When teams play against Celtic they don’t do their homework enough, they’re not well coached enough.

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“Kilmarnock just packed the middle of the pitch, stopped the ball into Edouard’s feet.

“Celtic ended up going wide and it was a lot of pointless possession.

 

“See that formation as well. I think Celtic are miles better in a 3-5-2. It just suits them so much better.”

Griffiths impact can’t be understated

It is strange, for an onlooker, to see Lennon do away with the 3-5-2 that was so impressive for us at the start of 2020.

The formation arguably won us nine in-a-row, as we embarked on a terrific league run that saw us take 28 points from a possible 30 before the suspension of football.

The vast majority of those games were played with two up top – namely Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths.

The fact the latter has scarcely been seen in recent months may be one of the key reasons for Lennon abandoning the successful tactic.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Many Hoops supporters will just hope that the arrival of Albian Ajeti could pave the way for a return to 3-5-2.

Of course, it is important to remember that the team did thump Hamilton Accies 5-1 on the opening day of the season while playing the popular 4-2-3-1.

However, 3-5-2 seems to give us more solidity away from home. It provides us with more of a direct attacking threat, while an extra central-defender should help Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer.

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