Fluid formations could provide Celtic with plenty of joy this season

By John Reid

July 27, 2019

One of the interesting aspects of Brendan Rodgers’ highly successful time as Celtic boss was that he almost always stuck to the same formation.

His preferred line-up was a 4-3-3 with one striker – Moussa Dembele at first, then Odsonne Edouard. However, in his short spell as manager Neil Lennon has decided to change things up.

Last season whilst caretaker manager, Lennon stuck with Rodgers’ 4-3-3. However, now that he is the permanent boss, Lennon is putting his own imprint on the team.

Change in formation paid off

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The Hoops manager decided to play 3-5-2 in the recent Champions League qualifier against Nomme Kalju. The change in formation paid off, as Celtic’s 5-0 win all but booked their place in the next round of the qualifiers.

Celtic have the strikers to play two men up-front, and Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard both excelled against Kalju.

Different formation for different games

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However, that does mean that Lennon should stick with 3-5-2 all the time. In most European games, it would make sense to revert to a 4-3-3.

Should Lennon continuously adapt Celtic’s formation to each game, he could have a very successful season as Hoops boss.

Celtic’s targets for the season are to win the league, and reach the group stages of the Champions League. A fluidity in formations used by the team could help the Hoops achieve the targets that lie ahead in the weeks and months to come.