With Celtic’s expected to be on the backfoot for most of the second leg Europa League tie against Zenit, Brendan Rodgers may be thinking of changing his formation from the back three which proved so successful in the first leg, to a big four.
This would be an error, and Rodgers should stick with the system which worked so well at Celtic Park.
Even though the Hoops will be away from home, Rodgers should look at Zenit’s performance in the first leg and realise that the Bhoys have nothing to fear from Roberto Mancini’s side. They aren’t that impressive.
People seemed blinded by the fact that they have spent big money recently, but the Bhoys have dispatched teams in Europe who have spent far more than Zenit.
The Bhoys should play their normal game in Russia, and take the game to Zenit, they wouldn’t be expecting this style of tactic.
It worked against Anderlecht in the Champions League group stages, where the Bhoys marauded their way to a fully deserved 3-0 victory.
There’s no reason why it shouldn’t work against Zenit. Picking the same team and same formation as in the first leg is a risk that the Hoops boss should take, and one which could lead to a memorable European night for the Hoops.
In other Celtic news, Patrick Roberts could be set to return for Sunday’s clash against Aberdeen