It is very noticeable that Celtic are struggling to cope when playing sides who have artificial pitches. This season, it was first evident when the Hoops laboured to a 1-0 win over Hamilton.
The situation was compounded in the recent 2-0 loss to Livingston, which saw the Hoops lose top spot in the Premiership.
The Hoops must find a solution to their struggles on the pitches, before it possibly costs them the league title. Celtic will have to play at least another three games on artificial pitches this season, and perhaps four should Kilmarnock make the top six.
Neil Lennon has to come up with a solution to help the Hoops perform better when faced with this particular challenge.
Results and performances a concern
Last season in his spell as caretaker manager, Lennon didn’t have to manage the Hoops in any games which featured artificial pitches. So far he has managed twice on the surface this season, and the results and performances have been concerning.
Interestingly, at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training ground there is an artificial pitch. Perhaps the club aren’t using that enough?
Celtic did actually change tactics after Ryan Christie’s sending off against Livingston, they started playing long balls up to Odsonne Edouard.
It is hard to say if that change was down to the red card or the pitch. It didn’t work on this occasion, perhaps it will in the future.
Need to change style of play?
However, perhaps if Christie hadn’t been sent-off Celtic would not have changed their style. The Hoops did play their usual passing game up until the red card.
That is something that perhaps needs to change. Thankfully the Hoops don’t have to play on an artificial pitch again until they travel to Kilmarnock on the 22nd of January.
That should give Lennon and the team plenty of time to work on improving performances on the artificial surfaces.