CELTIC faltered in the SPFL in their last two games before this international break. The Hibernian draw followed up by a defeat at Livingston – it’s not been good enough but how do we bounce back.
Here are three things we’d like to see upon Celtic’s return in over a week.
A better grasp of squad rotation.
Neil Lennon thought he was riding momentum against Livingston and only made one change from the team who beat Cluj. Not many supporters were complaining before the game but it looks to have been a misstep by the manager who has a good squad he can utilise. Between midweek games and weekend ties, we’d like to see more players used to keep the team fresh.
Celtic and set pieces haven’t gone together for a long time. It’s baffling how many technically gifted players we have who can’t beat the first man in a corner. Above that – when the odd good ball goes into the box we’re slow to react and rarely take advantage. This is something so obvious we’d be surprised if Neil Lennon wasn’t working on this in training. If Celtic improve their set-pieces it gives them a different dimension during games against the likes of Livingston when trying to break down the team in open play looks futile.
Leigh Griffiths return.
Getting the wee striker back could prove pivotal this season. We need a player who can help Edouard out with goals and know if we rest the big man we’re in good hands. It’s up to Leigh to get fit and show Neil Lennon he’s ready to take up the responsibility. There’s no doubting he’s a major asset fully fit.