A week is a long time in football. Celtic’s great start to the season derailed by a frantic last 30 minutes against Cluj which meant the bhoys bowed out of the Champions League.
Neil Lennon’s choice of team was heavily criticised on the night for nullifying one of our best midfielders by playing Callum McGregor at left-back just so he could jam Olivier Ntcham into the side.
While it worked in an attacking sense, Celtic were all over the place at the back and the frantic pace of the game was not slowed down by the Celtic manager after the bhoys took the lead for the second time on the night. The crux of it is, all eyes are now on Neil Lennon to see what team he puts out to try and win a place in the Europa League group stage.
He HAS to play a different side from the one who fell to Cluj. Another night of Callum McGregor at left-back would surely only end one way for the Celtic boss.
Neil is not a novice manager anymore and he has to take the criticism when it comes his way. He was naive at best and stubborn at worst while watching his side fall to the Romanian’s.
AIK provide a very stern test for the bhoys and they must be firing on all cylinders to make sure they take a positive result to Sweden next week.
After playing 120 minutes against Dunfermline there could be some tired legs and as the games come thick and fast the Celtic manager is in the unenviable position of managing his squad for some big games between now and the start of September.