Neil Lennon’s decision to play Callum McGregor at left-back against CFR Cluj was baffling, as the Hoops crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday.
On a disastrous night for Lennon’s men, a 4-3 defeat to the Romanian side at Parkhead saw their European elimination secured, as they lost 5-4 on aggregate.
To bow out before the group stage even gets underway is a crushing blow, with Europa League football now on the horizon for Celtic.
Lennon choosing to play McGregor in a rare left-back role did not go down well with supporters, who took to Twitter to vent their fury after the game.
Neil Lennon putting Mcgregor at leftback, not even involving Sinclair, going up twice and still not changing anything to see it out, oh and leaving 12 million worth of defenders on the bench. It’s going to be a long season if this is his tactics
— Bayley (@SutcliffeBayley) August 14, 2019
At what point did John Kennedy say to Neil Lennon, eh , we played McGregor at LB before and it was a disaster.
— Hoooops (@HoopsIconic) August 14, 2019
Now that I’ve had time not to calm down from last night. Why play McGregor LB? If Lennon doesn’t rate guys who we have spent £10m on then who bought them?
They going to just stay in that new hotel that’s getting built?
Errors that could have easily been avoided last night!
— Jamie Hutton (@Shotts_bhoy) August 14, 2019
Lennon trying to fit McGregor , Christie , Ntcham and Brown all in the same team , just drop brown and play a proper LB we need McGregor in the middle
— Paul Bryson (@Paul80317502) August 13, 2019
Read Celtic verdict
Managers live and die by the sword when it comes to their decision-making and Lennon has to accept he made an error with his use of McGregor.
Not only was he taking one of Celtic’s best players out of his preferred midfield role, he was also using him in a far more unfamiliar position.
All it did was highlight the absence of Kieran Tierney, following his move to Arsenal, and display a lack of faith in new signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.