Sky Sports man outlines Lennon's 5 fan-pleasing Celtic decisions

By David Walton

December 17, 2020

Andy Walker believes Neil Lennon has made five big Celtic decisions that have recently improved performances.

In Celtic’s last two matches Lennon has brought in David Turnbull, Ismaila Soro, and Conor Hazard. The changes have injected some youthful enthusiasm and freshness to a Hoops side badly needing it.

As well as that, Shane Duffy has come back looking a more solid player. Kris Ajer, meanwhile, has reverted to right-back and has been thriving. Walker believes all five of these changes have been huge for the Hoops.

As quoted by Sky Sports, Walker said: “I think Celtic supporters have been pleasantly surprised by the immediate impact Conor Hazard, David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro have had on the team.

“The change in formation to a back four with Kristoffer Ajer playing at right-back with Shane Duffy coming back into the centre of defence alongside Christopher Jullien have almost been forced upon Lennon, but they have worked and there is a better look about the starting XI.

“It will be a big call to see who Lennon goes with for the Scottish Cup final. He will have made up his mind having kept a clean sheet and taken all three points against Kilmarnock. I feel he should go with the players who are in form. I know you often see a lot of changes for cup games, but this is a final. Celtic should go with the players who are in form and those who started this improved run against Lille.”

Hazard, Duffy, Ajer, Soro, Turnbull must all start for Celtic on Sunday

There really is no alternative for Lennon at this point. Given his job will be reviewed in January, it’s vital he continues to pick up wins. The best chance he gives himself of doing that is by playing players in-form.

Yes Lennon knows more about the game than I ever will. It’s the same for most of us. But nothing will convince me the above five don’t deserve to play.

Soro and Turnbull have proven themselves as capable. Hazard, meanwhile, looks like the most composed of our three goalkeeping options. Another who simply has to be given the opportunity.

Neil Lennon has plenty to ponder ahead of Celtic vs Hearts / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Shane Duffy – what would it do to that guy’s confidence if he’s brushed to the sidelines again and told he’s dropped? He’ll be buzzing for this one and will be itching to win his first trophy in green-and-white.

Ajer will start, but it should be at right-back. That’s where he’s at his most effective and where any mistakes likely won’t be punished as harshly. All of this adds up to our strongest starting XI at the moment.

Why on earth would you not simply go with it? Let’s see what Neil comes up with on Sunday.