Celtic started the league season scoring plenty of goals. In the first two games alone the team scored 12 goals. However, after eight games things have changes.
The Hoops have only managed one goal in their last two league games. Perhaps more concerning is that after such a blistering start to the season title rivals Rangers have a goal difference of plus 21, compared to Celtic’s plus 15.
That is a situation that Neil Lennon and the Celtic players will want to change, starting against Ross County on Saturday.
Key man will miss fixture
One problem with that though is that Ryan Christie, one of the Hoops’ top scorers this season, is suspended for the fixture.
That could leave Neil Lennon with a decision to make about his attacking players. Perhaps, in an attempt to get his team up and running again, he will play with two strikers.
That is not a formation that the Hoops boss has used that often in his time as Celtic manager. But the Hoops cannot afford to drop any more points. Ross County at home, with all due respect, is a game that Celtic could play two strikers in.
Two strikers in next league game?
The Hoops will be expected to win the game, and score a few goals in the process. Therefore, perhaps Neil Lennon could decide to play the duo of Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Odsonne Edouoard up-front against County.
If that system works, then it could be used more often in the future, particularly in league games. It was tried briefly in the recent game against Livingston, but didn’t work.
However, that does not mean that you give up on something just because it hasn’t worked once. This is a season where Celtic must go all out to win all their remaining league matches between now and the end of the season.
It that means a formation tweak here and there, then so be it.