By James Black
Craig Bellamy has unbelievably claimed Celtic’s players had no idea of what formation they were supposed to play under the leadership of Martin O’Neill.
Bellamy spent six months on loan at Celtic Park in 2005 and has now revealed the lack of emphasis on tactics by the current Republic of Ireland manager.
The Welshman scored nine times in 15 appearances for the Hoops during his spell in Glasgow as they suffered an agonising last day defeat to hand the Scottish title to bitter rivals Rangers.
Two late goals from Motherwell’s Scott McDonald consigned Celtic to a 2-1 defeat to famously cause the helicopter to change direction and deliver the Scottish Premier League trophy to Easter Road after Rangers played out a draw with Hibs to secure the title by a single point.
Bellamy also revealed that it was captain Neil Lennon who dished tactical instructions to his team-mates in the absence of any from the manager.
“There were times you would turn up on a Friday, and you wouldn’t know what formation you’re playing on a Saturday, he’d just read a list, and I’d have to look at Neil Lennon and ask: ‘What formation are we playing?'” Bellamy said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“There was no information whatsoever.
“But I tell you, he knew his players, you knew where you stood with him. If you played well for him, the confidence he’d give you, the way he could make you feel, you’d just want to run even more for him afterwards.
Bellamy would go on to lift the Scottish Cup with Celtic before returning back south to join Blackburn Rovers in a £5million move.
The Welsh striker’s stint with Celtic would prove to be one of the must fruitful of his career with the Scottish Cup win being his first major trophy.
Bellamy also played for Newcastle United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Cardiff City and West Ham as well as making 78 appearances for Wales.