Neil Lennon and his Celtic team are currently preparing for a massive weekend of Scottish Premiership action, set to face Rangers at Ibrox in a match that could kill the so-called title race stone dead.

Realistically Steven Gerrard’s side have been out of the equation for a while now, stumbling from domestic match to domestic match without any consistency.

Celtic are currently 13 points ahead and red hot favourites to win a ninth successive title.


Three points there this weekend would not only exorcise the demons of December but puts us right on the brink of title celebrations.

To do that, Lennon must get his team selection and tactics spot on.

Gerrard’s outfit have shown already this season they can match us in a one-off match and it’s time to try something different against them.

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It’s time to unleash both Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard on a beleaguered Rangers defence.

Incredible form

Since the turn of the year, Celtic’s striking combination has found fantastic success predominately employed in a bold, new 3-5-2 shape that looks to get the best out of the pairing as its priority.

Edouard has netted 11 in his first 14 matches of the calendar, with Griffiths scoring eight in 13.

The duo are showing some of their best ever form for the club and it’s incredibly exciting for supporters.

Compromising that in some way by reverting to a single striker formation on Sunday is unthinkable.

Rangers have that system figured out against us, or at least have shown they may have.

It’s at least time to be bold and give our strikers the best chance possible to succeed on the big stage.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Will pragmatism win out?

With a draw about as useless to Rangers as a defeat, there is an argument to say that Lennon should be a bit more pragmatic this weekend and opt for a four-man defence that better protects Fraser Forster’s goal.

However, we have plenty of breathing space ahead of them in the league and their confidence has looked so low in domestic action recently that we really have a chance to punish them in this one.

There’s nothing to lose.

Griffiths and Edouard playing together would surely strike fear in the Rangers defence, especially just days after putting efforts into European action.

Celtic have a free week to rest up and prepare for this derby.

An attacking, aggressive performance from the first whistle could really catch them cold.

Reverting to the familiar 4-2-3-1 shape and conceding ground to the home team isn’t the way to go.

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