Celtic’s 4-3 loss to Cluj and exit from the Champions League will have plenty of ramifications for the club. For a start, the Hoops will miss out on the incredibly lucrative group stages.
That could have a knock-on effect the who the club will be able to sign in the remainder of the transfer window. However, the biggest issue will be how manager Neil Lennon responds to the loss.
So far this season, things had been going well for the Hoops manager. Celtic have scored 12 goals in their two league games, and played with a freedom they didn’t have last season.
Decision backfired badly
However, a tactical blunder by Lennon will have fans asking plenty of questions. His decision to play Callum McGregor at left-back backfired dreadfully.
Not only did McGregor look uncomfortable out of position, but it had a knock on effect on the rest of the team. Lennon may have wanted to take Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo out of the firing line after some poor performances. But playing McGregor at left-back didn’t solve anything.
Concerning that new arrival was left on bench
The fact that £7 million signing Christopher Jullien was relegated to the bench is also a concern. That was a game that he should have been playing in.
He could have helped a Hoops defence which look porous throughout the game. Lennon will certainly be under pressure from the Hoops support after the loss.
It is up to go on a good run of results to get the fans on board. For that to happen he must not repeat the tactical and selection blunders made against Cluj.