The one lesson Neil Lennon must learn from Celtic’s European triumph

By John Reid

July 10, 2019

Neil Lennon can be satisfied with his Celtic team’s performance for the most part in the Champions League qualifier against Sarajevo.

The Hoops recovered from going a goal behind to win 3-1 and all but book their place in the second round of the qualifiers.

However, there is one lesson that the manager could learn from the game. That is, to play the Hoops’ best defenders at all times, when possible.

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Game was made for new arrival

It has to be said that Nir Bitton did a reasonable job at centre-back. However, you would have thought that the game was made for £7 million signing Christopher Jullien.

It wasn’t to be though, and the new man remained on the bench. Hopefully that will be rectified in time for the second leg next Wednesday.

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It seems likely that Kristoffer Ajer will once again play at right-back for the Hoops. However, Jullien may well partner Jozo Simunovic at the back at Celtic Park.

No reason not to start second leg

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Should Jullien comes through Celtic’s friendly against Rennes on Saturday, there is no real reason for him not to make his Hoops competitive debut in the second leg of the tie.

Celtic are in a position of strength in the tie. That can be improved on if the Hoops’ new multimillion pound signing starts the second leg. Not only that, it would give Jullien time to build a partnership with Simunovic ahead of the next round.