Alan Hutton claims that Celtic manager Neil Lennon got it badly wrong by axing Leigh Griffiths for the Europa League defeat against Copenhagen.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, questioned the 48-year-old’s decision to play Odsonne Edouard as the sole striker after the pair had caused mayhem together in domestic games.
The Hoops had lined up with both Edouard and Griffiths in attack prior to the 3-1 loss at Parkhead, with a 3-5-2 formation helping to get the best out of the two matchwinners.
Hutton insists he has been impressed with the partnership between the two strikers and that he was surprised the manager had changed things against Copenhagen.
Asked if he thought Lennon had learned from his mistakes, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think so. I have to admit I thought it was a strange one.
“I understand why he did it, he’s trying to be a bit more safe but when he looks back at it he probably wishes he had stuck to his normal formation.
“It was very unlike them – defensively they’ve been solid throughout the campaign. I found it strange that he switched to the four, they played so well with three at the back and two up front, to switch to the four, I’m not too sure why.”
Edouard is the top scorer in Scotland this season with 22 goals, nine more than second-placed Jermain Defoe.
Griffiths meanwhile boosted his tally to nine top-flight strikes on Saturday, netting a hat trick in a 5-0 victory over St Mirren.
In other Celtic news, Michael Brown has dropped a major transfer claim at Parkhead.