Celtic’s recent 0-0 draw with Livingston flagged up another example of a problem which has plagued the Hoops since Neil Lennon has taken over as interim manager.
Celtic are finding it very difficult to score in the first-half of games. In the seven games Lennon has been in charge of, the Hoops have scored in the first-half in only three of those games.
A solution must be found
It is a problem that the Hoops boss must find a solution to, particularly with the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen only a few days away.
Should the Hoops not score in the first-half of that game, or indeed fall behind in the first-half, it could be very difficult to get back into the game.
That could then lead to a Scottish Cup exit, and the end of the ‘treble treble’ dream.
Players must be aware of problem
Hopefully Lennon has been telling the players how important a first-half goal is in the run-up to the semi-final.
It could genuinely make a huge difference in how Celtic approach the game. A first-half lead gives the team something to build on.
However, another first-half without a goal and there’s no question the team could start to get tense and run out of ideas. Arguably that happened in the draw with Livingston.
Perhaps Celtic will get over this issue and go and a first-half goal spree at Hampden. It would certainly boost the chances of the Hoops making the cup final.