Celtic’s lack of creativity in the 2-0 defeat to Rangers can only be described as alarming. Despite having the likes of Jeremie Frimpong, Leigh Griffiths, Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala in the team, the Hoops were unable to fashion a chance against the Ibrox side. That shows that Neil Lennon didn’t do something right.
The lack of creativity is shown up even more when you look at some statistics from WhoScored, especially when it comes to the Celtic players who had the most touches in the game.
The Celtic player who had the most touches of the ball was Shane Duffy, with 101 touches. In second place was Kris Ajer, who had 92 touches. Third place went to Stephen Welsh, who had 82 touches. Perhaps the most alarming fact is that the two forwards who started the game for Celtic had the least amount of touches.
Forward players had the fewest touches
Mo Elyounoussi had 28 touches whilst Patryk Klimala only had 12 touches. That is a shocking statistic to be honest. It is a worrying sign when the players who have the ball most are defenders, especially when you are hoping to create chances.
It is also a concern when Celtic’s two chances in the game were created by defenders. Shane Duffy’s long ball which put in Elyounoussi, who really should have scored. Kris Ajer’s run up the park which put in Leigh Griffiths, who really should have done better instead of crossing the ball into Allan McGregor’s arms.
You aren’t going to win a Glasgow derby when your forwards have only 40 touches between them. That sums up how Neil Lennon got it very wrong.
The lack of involvement from the Celtic duo shows that Neil Lennon got his tactics wrong, and changes should have been made even earlier than they were. At half-time for example, Tom Rogic and Griffiths could have replaced Elyounoussi and Klimala if Lennon wanted to keep a similar system. Maybe he should have just went with a 4-4-2.
Duo could have possibly made a difference
There are extenuating circumstances with some of the players that are out of the Celtic side at the moment. Ryan Christie, who is still self-isolating, would surely have made a different if he was available. The same is true of Odsonne Edouard.
Still, Neil Lennon must work hard to ensure that the next time the Hoops are faced with a packed defence, that he can find a solution to that situation. Hopefully one that will see Celtic’s attacking players more involved in the game.