So far Neil Lennon has done well in his time as interim manager at Celtic. Four wins out of five is a good record. However, it could have been five wins out of five if the Hoops boss hadn’t made a tactical error. It is a mistake which can’t be repeated, particularly in the upcoming clash against Rangers.
The only game the Hoops have failed to win under Lennon’s watch is the 0-0 draw with Aberdeen at Celtic Park. That game turned on a couple of half-time substitutions made by the Hoops boss.
He replaced Scott Sinclair and Ewan Henderson with Mikey Johnston and Odsonne Edouard. That led to the Hoops going from three players in the middle of the park to two players.
It just didn’t work, and it allowed Aberdeen to gain a foothold in the game. The Hoops next face Rangers in their first home game since the Aberdeen draw, and Lennon can’t make the same mistake again.
Needs to win battle in the middle of the park
The middle of the park will be key to a Celtic victory over their biggest rivals. They must keep three players in the middle of the park even if they go a goal behind.
There is no time for experiments when you are dealing with a Glasgow derby. Lennon should pick the best team available and go for the win. It is what the fans will expect.