Celtic may have already accepted that they will be relinquishing the Premiership crown to Rangers this season, but they can still end their campaign on a high.
Despite an inconsistent campaign littered with injury problems, the Bhoys are back into high gear and are pushing on to what they will hope is a fourth consecutive win. St Johnstone will play host to Celtic on Sunday and won’t want to come away with anything but a victory on home soil.
In order to upset them, the Hoops must attack the match as they have done for their last three fixtures. Neil Lennon has been taking some risks when it comes to his team choices, with one being the decision to axe Shane Duffy and promote Stephen Welsh to the starting lineup.
Odsonne Edouard is back to his goalscoring ways, but Lennon has decided to pair him up with a strike partner for the last six games. The clinical Frenchman has played alongside Mohamed Elyounoussi, Leigh Griffiths and Albian Ajeti up front, but none have made much difference to his performances.
The latter bagged himself a goal against St Mirren last time out, which was his first goalscoring contribution since his assists against Lille in the Europa League back in October. Ajeti is a rather inconsistent performer and he struggled to do much against the Saints midweek.
According to Sofascore, the striker managed just 16 successful passes and had 29 touches, which was less than Scott Bain in goal with 21 passes and 37 passes. Ajeti also failed to register a single shot towards goal before he was hauled off the pitch just after the hour mark.
Speaking to Football Insider during the week, Frank McAvennie had a lot to say about the £13,500 per week forward’s performance. The former Scotland international blasted Ajeti for “strolling about” during the St Mirren fixture and admitted he would not be satisfied with the Swiss as Edouard’s permanent successor.
To avoid a dip in form, Lennon must make a brutal decision on dropping Ajeti, despite him starting the last three games. Celtic cannot afford to become placid in attack or they risk dropping even more points this term.