Celtic boss Neil Lennon made a significant decision during the winter break in Dubai. He changed the team’s formation.
The Hoops manager had almost always played a 4-3-3 formation since taking over at Celtic Park one year ago.
However, perhaps the loss to Rangers in the last game before the winter break changed things. The Hoops lost control of the middle of the park in that game, and were defeated 2-1.
Celtic’s approach has changed since then.
Approach has paid off
The Hoops have stiffened up the middle of the park, and are playing with two strikers. The move has paid off spectacularly.
Celtic are on a six game winning run, and the partnership of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths is working very well.
Now, in the next five weeks Celtic have some pivotal fixtures. None bigger than the Europa League last 32 clash against Copenhagen, and the trip to Ibrox to face Rangers in the league.
Neil Lennon will have to decide if to maintain the 3-5-2 formation for those games. His decision should not take long – the Hoops should keep playing the formation.
Let opponents worry about the Hoops
Celtic should let the opponents worry about how we are going to play, rather than the other way about. Therefore, the Hoops should keep playing the way that has brought the side much success recently.
The Copenhagen and Rangers matches are games that Celtic should be looking forward to playing. The team are in such good form that they should be approaching the fixtures full of confidence.
There is still a few weeks to go until the Copenhagen games, but there is no real reason for the Hoops to change what has brought them such success.
Going away to Denmark and playing two strikers would send a message, as would going to Ibrox and doing the same.
It would show that the Hoops are not afraid of any time, and are more than capable of going away from home and picking up a good result.