Statement of intent could catch upcoming Celtic opponents off-guard

By John Reid

August 6, 2019

Neil Lennon should make a statement of intent with his team selection for Wednesday night’s Champions League qualifier against Cluj.

He should play two strikers in the game. The duo of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths have already shown this season that they are in good form.

Partnership has worked well so far

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They might not have spent much time in a partnership this season, but when they have it has worked well. Cluj would probably not be expecting Celtic to play two strikers in such a big game.

Therefore, playing two strikers could catch the Romanian side off-guard. Celtic have started the season well-enough to not have any fear about the fixture.

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Hoops should head into game full of confidence

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Obviously Cluj will provide the sternest test Celtic have faced so far this season. But Celtic should head into the game full of confidence.

The move to two up-front would mean that the Hoops would perhaps need to play with three at the back. However, the have the players to do this, and indeed have played three at the back already this season.

If Celtic go to Romania playing two strikers and record an emphatic victory, it would give the club a massive boost going forward.

It would show that they don’t fear any team that they are likely to face this season. Therefore, Neil Lennon should go for it and play two strikers against Cluj.