Celtic’s performance in the Europa League against Rennes was for the most part very good. The Hoops secured a 1-1 draw, and showed battling qualities to come back from a goal down.
However, perhaps the only real disappointment in the game – aside from Kristoffer Ajer’s challenge which led to Rennes’ penalty – was the performance of the Celtic strikers.
Odsonne Edouard endured a frustrating game. He seemed to be on the fringes of the game. He didn’t really dominate the match like he is capable of doing.
As for Vakoun Issouf Bayo, he was very unfortunate to be sent-off for two yellow cards. Back to Edouard though, he was involved in some excellent link-up play with the Hoops’ attacking midfielders, but that is where his impact on the game ended.
Forward play too intricate at times?
Looking at Celtic’s forward play on the night, it was very good at times, but it was perhaps at time too intricate. However, it was easy on the eye, and Neil Lennon deserves credit for allowing his players to play with freedom, even in an away game in Europe.
However, the Hoops missed the chance to take a more direct option in the game. Neil Lennon may not want to play a target man type striker, but one would be a more than useful addition to the Celtic squad.
Addition could allow Hoops to change style of play
It would allow the Hoops to change their style of play on occasion. That is something that Celtic currently lack at the moment.
Therefore, in January, the Hoops should look to sign a target man type of striker. Not only would any player be a good addition to the Celtic squad, but it could allow the team to start two strikers. Two strikers are easier to play when they compliment each other.
That would be the case at Celtic with any of the current strikers at the club and a target man striker. Celtic should be making moves to bring such a striker to the club.