It has been notable since Neil Lennon has been interim manager of Celtic that the Hoops have struggled to score an early goal.
Indeed, in the five games Lennon has been in charge, the Hoops have scored one first-half goal. James Forrest’ strike in the 2-1 win over Hearts in Lennon’s first game in charge.
No early goal can lead to a struggle
When the Hoops don’t get an early goal the team can often struggle. Look at the recent 1-0 win over Dundee. The team seemed to run out of ideas until Odsonne Edouard’s injury time winner.
It is time that situation was addressed. There is no better game for a solution to be found for the problem than Sunday’s Glasgow derby.
Start will be frenetic
You would imagine that the start of the game will be frenetic as the matches between the teams often are.
For the Hoops to get control of the game, it is vital that they get off to a good start. A goal in the opening 10 minutes for example, would be the perfect start to the game for the Hoops.
It would force Rangers to come out, and allow the Hoops to play on the counter attack, perhaps utilising the pace of Oliver Burke.
Neil Lennon will be desperate for Celtic to start games at a quicker tempo. The Glasgow derby is the ideal match for the Hoops to get the tempo going.