There has been lots to like about the majority of the early displays on show from Neil Lennon’s Celtic side. The Northern Irishman has made us a far more exciting team to watch than his compatriot Brendan Rodgers a year ago. We score more goals and get the ball forward more quickly. Yet there is one obvious part of our game that hasn’t improved: corners.
We have rarely been a threat from dead balls since Stuart Armstrong departed the club in 2018. The Southampton man provided a real threat from set-pieces during his time at the club, with the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Moussa Dembele netting several headed goals in Brendan Rodgers’ first two seasons.
Celtic are no longer a threat from corners
Sadly now you look around our first-team and there is not the same threat, in both delivery and conversion. Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie are the two usually tasked with providing the ammunition but their delivery is often off kilter.
In Sunday’s defeat to Livingston we had seven corners compared to the home side’s none. Sadly we failed to create a single clear-cut opportunity from one with McGregor’s delivery often failing to beat the first man.
On the rare occasions when the ball in is good, we aren’t making enough of the chances. Christopher Jullien gets his head to a lot of balls but he should have bagged more than one goal for the club so far – spurning several good opportunities.
Given how often we win corners it would really make sense for us to work on improving our chances. Lennon’s previous teams have built European success on successful dead balls. That’s what makes the current malaise even more surprising.