Our View: The balancing act Celtic boss must do to maintain treble bid

By John Reid

February 7, 2020

Celtic have created history in Scottish football by winning the last 10 domestic trophies in a row. A feat that is unmatched.

That encompasses three successive domestic trebles. Winning those trophies is testament to how consistent the Hoops team have been, but incredibly, the side is well-placed to win a fourth successive treble.

It would be a quadruple treble, and that would be a sensational achievement. With the Betfred Cup already won and the Hoops top of the league, the odds are in favour of Neil Lennon’s side creating history once more.

The next test for the Hoops is Sunday’s Scottish Cup last 16 trip to Clyde, and the Celtic boss must perform a balancing act to keep alive the hopes of making more football history.

Celtic face three games in the next week, with league games against Hearts and Aberdeen following hot on the heels of the Clyde game.

Celtic players with the Scottish Cup (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that the league games are more important, however, with the Hoops close to making more football history, Lennon will not want to rest too many players for the cup tie, in case it backfires, and the Hoops lose.

Anything can happen in cup football

You might think the chances of that happening are remote. However, you just need to look at Celtic’s League Cup loss to Morton in 2013, under Neil Lennon, as evidence that anything can happen in cup football.

That means that the Hoops boss is likely to play a strong side against Clyde. There will probably be a few changes, but little chance of making eight or nine from the team that beat Motherwell for example.

Striker will likely want to start fixture

The team is playing too well currently to make wholesale changes, for example, Leigh Griffiths will want to keep playing as he is in an excellent run of form.

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The risk with that though, is if a player gets injured. That is another factor Lennon has to take into account.

Hopefully the balancing act Lennon has to pull results in the Hoops defeating Clyde. Questions will be asked if that doesn’t happen.