Neil Lennon has hinted that he could choose to go back to a back four system in Celtic’s Europa League last 32 clash with FC Copenhagen later this month.
The Hoops travel to Denmark for the first leg next Thursday as the Europa League gets back underway.
And ahead of the tie, Lennon has hinted that he may revert back to a four-man defence against Copenhagen, as that system has served Celtic well in Europe thus far.
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It will be interesting to see what formation Lennon does opt for in Europe, given how he used a back four for the majority of the group stages. However, the 3-5-2 system has been his go-to formation since the return from the winter break, and the decision to switch tactic has paid off, with Celtic winning all eight of their games in 2020.
I’d personally like to see Lennon stick with the back three in the first leg, as I think that minimises the risk of disrupting Celtic’s good form with a change in system. The Hoops have only conceded three goals across all competitions since the turn of the year, and that level of resilience in Europe could be crucial to their hopes of advancing into the next round.
If it’s not working then he can revert to a back four like he did so successfully against Hamilton, with the Hoops scoring three goals late on after Lennon switched formation.