The Motherwell vs Celtic clash next week is certainly going to be an exciting one for the Hoops fans.
Our first away game of the season sees us take the tricky-looking trip to Fir Park to face a Motherwell side still in transition from a host of changes this summer.
Steve Robinson has revamped his squad. The likes of Christian Ilic, Jermaine Hylton and Sherwin Seedorf have been added. It’s safe to say, going by their Betfred Cup form, that the majority of them have all fitted in nicely too. Motherwell won all four of their Betfred matches playing attacking football with energy down the flanks.
But, in an unusual comment by Steelmen manager Steve Robinson, he’s stated after yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Livingston that Celtic won’t know just how good Motherwell can be. Speaking to the BBC, this is what Robinson had to say.
“We didn’t put our stamp on the game, we didn’t play the football we wanted to play. The good thing is – Celtic won’t have seen how we can play.
“This is different from any other game. The surface, how Livi play. It might have been a wake-up call for some of the new boys, but there’s a lot more to come. We’ve a tough game next week, but we’ll certainly be better than that.”
Motherwell vs Celtic is massive – Lennon will be well prepped
Robinson’s comment would make sense if yesterday was Motherwell’s first match of the season. But Celtic will know just how well the Steelmen will have played in their first four matches in the Betfred Cup.
It’s a huge game in the context of our season. Neil Lennon, therefore, will be leaving no stone unturned in trying to get a result in North Lanarkshire.
In doing so, the Celtic manager should have footage from the majority of Motherwell’s opening games available to him. From that, Celtic’s coaching staff will have a good knowledge of who to look out for heading into the contest. It’s hardly going to be a total guessing game from Lenny heading into the match.
Perhaps Robinson forgot about his side’s victories over Morton, Queen of the South, Dumbarton, and Annan respectively. The majority of Motherwell’s new signings played in all of those matches. There shouldn’t be a lack of knowledge on them or on Motherwell’s preferred style under Robinson before the game next Saturday.
Robinson could be in for a real surprise if he expects Celtic not to have a clue of how they can play. Steelmen supporters better hope that his game-plan doesn’t rest on that either.
Celtic look hungry, and regardless of how Motherwell set up at Fir Park, it’s going to be a colossal effort from them to stop Lennon’s side.