Celtic 0-2 Rangers: Sportscene’s Michael Stewart says Neil Lennon needs to find answers

Celtic 0-2 Rangers: Sportscene’s Michael Stewart says Neil Lennon needs to find answers

Michael Stewart

There are actually huge questions for Neil Lennon after Saturday’s abject Outdated Agency defeat. And the Celtic supervisor has bought to provide you with the solutions.

Shedding, and in such a meek means, will likely be alarming for Celtic and the supervisor has to do one thing to get his group firing. Whether or not meaning sticking or twisting with the Three-5-2, he has to discover a answer.

An historic 10-in-a-row is on the road, however someway it has all gone flat at Celtic.

‘Lennon has no reply to Gerrard’s set-up’

Just like the earlier two Outdated Agency video games, Rangers dominated out and in of possession. Steven Gerrard’s aspect have been in a position to implement their game-plan and management Celtic’s play.

However this is not new. Within the final three derbies, Celtic have by no means been capable of finding any rhythm and it’s predominately right down to the way in which their rivals arrange.

Their form and formation is a well-oiled machine, and so they all know what they’re doing, and Celtic merely don’t have any solutions for it. They actually do not.

I do not see how Lennon feels the Three-5-2 formation is the reply to going in opposition to this Rangers aspect – the outcome on Saturday was predictable.

‘Everybody might see the form wasn’t working’

Rangers have gotten an actual cluster of gamers in the midst of the pitch, with their two inverted wingers and two attacking full-backs. And with Steven Davis anchoring the midfield, they’ve a very good steadiness.

If you’ll try to trigger them issues, you want to get at their full-backs. You want width and to be excessive up the pitch.

Going with a Three-5-2, you’re including one other central defender. However for what? I discover it astonishing that Lennon waited till the 84th minute to vary the form.

Why? What did he anticipate to occur with six minutes to go? Was that that him admitting that it wasn’t working? As a result of everybody recognised the form wasn’t working after 10 minutes.

I do not see how Celtic’s attacking, artistic gamers match into that system. Successfully, two artistic gamers have been swapped for a wing-back and a centre-back.

Celtic did not want to try this. They tried to vary one thing, however within the course of they’ve misplaced the identification of what they’re attempting to attain.

They’re missing a little bit of dynamism within the group as an entire. They’re missing drive, power and tempo. They’ve gone to a Three-5-2 formation which depends so closely on wing-backs. Jeremie Frimpong offers you that, however apart from that the place is the working energy in that group?

Lennon acknowledged beforehand about how nice and the way good his group have been enjoying, however the actuality is, they aren’t.

‘The problem for Rangers now could be consistency’

Credit score should go to Rangers. They pressured Celtic to play in the midst of the park, retaining them in a defensive space, shutting off all their attacking strains whereas narrowing the pitch. And Celtic performed proper into their palms.

Gerrard’s aspect are in an excellent place, they’re in a rhythm and a form. They’ve labored on this for quite a few years and you may see they give the impression of being comfy. The problem now could be to ensure they maintain that consistency.

Saturday’s win leaves them 4 factors clear. And, with Celtic enjoying within the Scottish Cup in the beginning of subsequent month, Rangers have a superb alternative to get factors on the board, open a much bigger hole and create a mentality the place they’re comfy on the summit.

That may ramp up the stress on Celtic, as there’s a risk that when the second Outdated Agency recreation comes round Rangers may very well be considerably forward with the chance to increase even additional.

They’ll consider that they’ll try this. It’s a excellent place for them to be in, whereas Celtic have all of the inquiries to reply.

Michael Stewart was chatting with BBC Sport Scotland’s Nick McPheat

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