Celtic latest news: Neil Lennon backed over honest Hoops admission

Neil Lennon during his time as Celtic manager

Journalist Stuart Hodge believes former Celtic manager Neil Lennon was right to label the side’s style of play as “kamikaze” following their recent 4-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League.

Lennon had two spells in charge of Celtic between March 2010 and February 2021, but did not hold back when assessing the Hoops’ current approach.

What happened against Bayer Leverkusen?

Celtic showed no fear when they came up against their German opponents, taking the game to them from the off.

The game resembled a basketball match at times, with the action going from end to end, as both teams registered 18 shots on goal apiece.

Leverkusen’s far superior finishing proved to be the difference between the sides, as they scored twice in either half to wrap up a convincing 4-0 win.

Speaking on BT Sport after the game, as quoted by the Glasgow Times, Lennon stated that Celtic’s tactics under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou were “kamikaze“.



What has Hodge said about Lennon’s views?

When asked by GIVEMESPORT for his thoughts on Lennon’s outspoken views, Hodge admitted that he agreed with the 50-year-old, and conceded that Celtic are still trying to find their way under their new Australian manager.

Responding to Lennon’s criticism, Hodge said: “I agree with that comment. The idealistic style of football, and they did it again under Brendan Rodgers as well, but the squad is a lot more of a work in progress at the moment.”

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Do Celtic need to be less gung-ho under Postecoglou?

Celtic’s approach appears to be less of an issue when they are in domestic action. Although Postecoglou’s men have lost three of their opening eight league games this term, they have scored 19 times, while only conceding six goals.

This leaves them with the most goals in the division, and only Hearts and Dundee have conceded on fewer occasions, suggesting that Celtic are largely getting the balance between attack and defence right in the SPL.

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However, it is a different story on the European stage. The team have shipped four goals in each of their two group games in the Europa League to date, and now face an uphill task to progress to the knockout rounds of the competition.

If they want to make their mark in Europe this season, Postecoglou needs to tighten up his side’s defence, and that could force him to adjust his tactics for their next fixture against Ferencvaros later this month.

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