Damaging results, like the one Celtic suffered against Cluj on Tuesday night, often have a way of changing things for good.
Those kind of monumental defeats may only come around once or twice a season but when they do – some things are never the same again. Such was the nature of Celtic’s heartache against the Romanian champions, some things should definitely be changing.
Here are three big changes Neil Lennon could make to his starting line-up.
Bain out, Gordon in
Celtic’s former number one has only featured once since the defeat to Rangers last December. He was axed pretty harshly after performing well in that game with Scott Bain coming in as the new first-choice keeper.
Things started well for the 27-year-old as he kept seven clean sheets in a row between January and February. However, he’s only had three shutouts in his last 11 matches and that doesn’t reflect well on any Celtic keeper. The fact he’s had a few howlers in that time doesn’t help either.
Lennon may be tempted to give Gordon a reprieve.
Simunovic out, Jullien in
Surely Celtic didn’t fork out £7million on Christopher Jullien just to have him sit on the bench. That’s been the script so far for the big 6ft 5in defender. He started just one of our six Champions League qualifiers – the meaningless victory in Estonia over Nomme Kalju.
Celtic have scored a massive own goal by not getting the 26-year-old up to speed. He could have been a great asset for us against Cluj but it wasn’t to be. Surely now is his time to make a mark on the first-team. If he’s coming in then it should be in place of bombscare Simunovic.
Sinclair ahead of Morgan
While Mikey Johnston may have the left-wing slot nailed down at present Lennon’s backup priorities seem way off kilter. Scott Sinclair may not be everyone’s cup of tea but surely the Englishman deserves better than being frozen out. The 30-year-old offers us goals – he’s scored over 60 since 2016 – so surely he should get a chance to show what he can do.
Lewis Morgan could have something in a few years. But for now he’s simply not at the level required.