Some of the football under Brendan Rodgers was fantastic if you don’t think it was you always had a trophy haul that might have kept you content. The best football came when Celtic played direct football at a fast pace, but that wasn’t always present. As the seasons wore on the pace seemed to drop.
This season the possession football seemed to take precedence over getting the ball forward as quickly as possible. In some games, Celtic were playing possession football in their own half. Celtic fans have also not seen their team playing with two strikers in nearly three years. A five-man midfield has its uses, but in Scotland, Celtic should have as many attackers on the park as possible.
It might be too early for Neil Lennon to be making these calls, he did say today in his first press conference he had not met with players yet and that he might not be in the dugout for tonight. Most opposition teams now know exactly what formation they will face when playing Celtic, it hasn’t changed much in three seasons.
Tonight, Celtic play Hearts at Tynecastle. Hearts were the first team to counteract Celtic’s style of play when they stopped a 69 unbeaten run. They didn’t just come up with a game plan and win by a goal, they won 4-0. It would be nice to give Craig Levein a surprise tonight with a different formation. Celtic are missing three key figures for their five-man midfield formation. Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie will be all absent tonight with injuries. Timo Weah, Oli Burke and Edouard all in contention for a starting spot, could Lennon put an early marker down?