Celtic are back in business thanks to their recent run of positive form. Their latest win over Hamilton marks their fifth consecutive victory across all competitions and it could be exactly what Neil Lennon needs to save his job in Parkhead.
A lot of speculation has surrounded his future as the Hoops boss, especially with their early exit from the Europa League. They are way behind Rangers in the Premiership table too and it’s looking less and less likely that Celtic will lift the silverware this season.
Steven Gerrard and the Gers currently have a mammoth 16-point cushion, even if they have played three matches more, between them and the reigning champions and are yet to lose a single match so far.
Losing the league won’t necessarily spell the end of Lennon’s time at the club though. The Bhoys were victorious in the Scottish Cup and made history by winning the ‘quadruple treble’. This, along with a successful January transfer window could be enough to buy Lennon another season in Glasgow.
Another tactic that is boding well for his future is his no-nonsense decisions in recent weeks. After his team stagnated, results like their 2-0 loss to Ross County hit the camp hard. Lennon has uprooted regular starters like Scott Brown and new signing Vasilis Barkas to make room for fresh meat.
Ismaila Soro and summer signing David Turnbull have been given their chances to shine and they haven’t thrown away this golden opportunity. According to Sofascore, the latter has contributed three goals and two assists in his last five starts for Celtic, which is form that Lennon cannot ignore.
In their clash against Hamilton, Lennon had a new plan for inconsistent goalscorer Odsonne Edouard. Rather than starting top scorer Mohamed Elyounoussi, the boss deployed the £19,000 per week Frenchman on the left-wing and the gamble more than paid off.
Playing in the wider area, Edouard bagged himself a goal and an assist and made a further five key passes, as per Sofascore. This is a stroke of genius from Lennon and it’s a tactic that he must revisit in their upcoming fixtures.
The manager certainly values the 22-year-old in his team, labelling him as “magnificent” after their win over the Accies.
In other news, Signing David Turnbull was a stroke of genius from Hammond…