Three things we would ask Neil Lennon ahead of Copenhagen vs Celtic

By John Reid

February 19, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon will be taking questions from the media later today ahead of what is a very important game for his side – the Europa League last 32, first leg trip to Denmark to face Copenhagen.

The Hoops go into the game in great form, having won the last nine matches the team has played in all competitions.

However, that record could be under its biggest threat yet when the team returns to European action. Copenhagen will attempt to take a lead over to Celtic Park for the second leg next week, and the Hoops will have to deal with that the best they can.

With that in mind, here are three questions we would ask Neil Lennon at his press conference:

Is he confident Jeremie Frimpong can handle European pressure?

So far, Jeremie Frimpong has handled everything he has had to deal with as a Celtic player. That includes games against Rangers, and away games against the likes of Aberdeen and Hearts.

So far he has not featured for the Hoops in Europe, but that could change, as he is in the Europa League squad for the knockout stage, after missing out on the group stage squad.

Celtic teenager Jeremie Frimpong / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Playing against Copenhagen will arguably be a bigger test for Frimpong than any game he has played for Celtic so far, and a question that can be asked is, is the Hoops boss confident that the player would be able to handle the pressure of a European game?

His answer could give a clue as to the chances of Frimpong making his European against Copenhagen.

Is changing the formation the obvious thing to do?

Celtic’s success in the Europa League so far this season has come from playing a 4-3-3 formation. However, since the winter break, the Hoops have been playing well in a 3-5-2 formation.

That gives the Hoops boss a decision to make. Will he stick with the formation that has brought success recently, or decide to move back to four at the back, with one striker playing.

Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard celebrate a Celtic goal (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Maybe as it is an away tie in Europe, Lennon will decide to use the formation which brought about a legendary win against Lazio.

However, Lennon’s answer would be an intriguing one, as the Hoops boss will no doubt like to keep Copenhagen guessing until kick-off time.

Is going one better than Brendan Rodgers important?

Should Celtic manage to get the better of Copenhagen over the two legs, then the Hoops will have achieved something that Brendan Rodgers could not do in his time as Hoops boss – reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

That would no doubt please some of the Celtic support, who are still upset over the way that Rodgers departed the club to join Leicester City around one year ago.

Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon would probably bat away such a question. However, it would be interesting to get his view on the difficulties of making it into the later stages of a European competition, as the Hoops have not made the last 16 in Europe since Lennon’s Celtic faced Juventus in 2012. It is about time that record ended.