Alan Hutton has ripped into Neil Lennon’s decision not to start a striker for the last two games at Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender insists it is “not difficult” to give a centre-forward a starting role for 45-50 minutes.
The Hoops lined up without a recognised striker against both Ferencvaros and Motherwell, as Odsonne Edouard missed out through injury and Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala both started on the bench.
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The Hoops suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in their Champions League qualifier but bounced back with a 3-0 win, which included a goal for their Swiss hitman, on their return to Premiership action.
Hutton believes that Lennon has made a mistake changing his tactics from last season and suggests he should always start a striker, even if it is just for the first half.
“I think Celtic play better when they’ve got the three at the back and the flying wing-backs,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“It seems to suit them with the two up front but he’s kind of tinkered with the formation and the striker.
“I don’t really like what they’ve done in the last few games, playing with no striker. I do get his reason but surely you can play someone for 45, 50 minutes and then change it, even if they’re not fit enough – it’s not difficult to do.
Lennon has four recognised senior strikers on his books in the shape of Edouard, Klimala, Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths.
However, both the Scottish and French hitman have missed the Hoops’ recent games through injury.