Celtic find themselves in a strange situation where the fans have almost started to forget what a win feels like, so they need to dig deep and overcome Aberdeen this weekend.
There have been multiple reasons for the downturn in form and the missing players might be the biggest one, but Neil Lennon has to take his share of the blame for poor tactics and game plans.
Celtic have looked ponderous and unsure on the ball while there hasn’t been a great deal of movement in behind the defence, so it will be an absolute dream to play against.
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They started to show signs of life in the game against Lille last night, and it looks like Mohamed Elyounoussi has a plan to beat Aberdeen.
Some of his comments were picked up by Sports Mole, and it’s clear that he thinks more of the same is in order:
“I am expecting the same type of game. They will probably sit back, defend and try to counter attack. So we have to do better than we did last time.”
“We controlled the game really well until they got the penalty in the first half. We need to play fast football as we did on Thursday with intensity in our game, with and without the ball and I think we have the chance to beat them.”
“Now it is all about recovery. The games come up quick and it is all about nutrition and recovery to make sure that we have fresh legs on Sunday.”
He makes a good point because Aberdeen probably will look to sit in, so Celtic need to come out with a bit of tempo and look to get an early goal or two.
We’ve seen multiple times in the past that Aberdeen will capitulate under Derek McInnes on the big occasion but that will only happen if they are put under pressure.
There might need to be a few changes in the starting XI to keep the team fresh, but it’s clear that the formation and style needs to stay.