Brown doesn't know if he's coming or going due to scattergun Lennon - pundit
The likes of Scott Brown and Tom Rogic don’t know if they’re coming or going at Celtic due to Neil Lennon’s scattergun approach.
That is according to ex-Scotland ace Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was baffled by the manager’s decision to keep chopping and changing his tactics and team at Parkhead.
Lennon, who played a 4-5-1 against St Johnstone, reverted to playing two up front in Wednesday’s 1-0 win as Albian Ajeti partnered Odsonne Edouard in a 4-1-3-2.
David Turnbull netted the only goal of the game to seal a sixth win in seven games for the Bhoys.
Celtic kicked off the season playing a 4-5-1 with Edouard leading the line, although Lennon swiftly swapped to a 3-1-4-2 and then a 3-5-2 to get summer signing Ajeti into the attack.
Lennon also used both a flat and diamond midfield in a 4-4-2 in recent weeks before shaking things up against St Johnstone.
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Hutton admitted he is not a fan of the constant rotation of both tactics and personnel and suggested the Bhoys would be better off working on one particular system in training.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing but he’s switched formations so much this year, whether it be three at the back, the diamond in the middle, five across, two up front.
“I just don’t think it helps, especially when your confidence is on the floor, sometimes it helps just to stick to a particular formation, work at it and be the best you can. I understand he’s trying to get his best players on the pitch.
“Nowadays, it’s such a difficult one to tell what Neil Lennon’s going to do. I mean, normally when you’re looking at Rangers and Celtic, most of the team picks itself and it might be the odd change.
“At the moment, I couldn’t sit here and tell you what formation he’s going to play, let alone what team he’ll start. You look at people like Scott Brown who has come in and out, Soro’s come in, Rogic has been in and out recently. They don’t know if they’re coming or going. It seems he’s constantly trying to find the best solution at that moment in time.
“There doesn’t seem to be any kind of first names on the team sheet where there’s confidence, they’re picking themselves. It seems he’s constantly rotating and for me, that doesn’t really help much.
“I think you have to stick with a constant spine in your team and then try and move forward there. He’s just struggling for a full performance, a 90-minute performance.”