Noel Whelan has claimed Neil Lennon still has a “hell of a lot of work to do” after Celtic conceded two goals for the 10th time in 13 games against Lille.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, was left fuming over the Hoops’ defensive work on Thursday night and insisted it was still a big concern for Neil Lennon.
Goals from Christopher Jullien, Callum McGregor and David Turnbull secured a 3-2 win at Parkhead, although Lille’s goals mean the Bhoys have now conceded 30 times since the 2-0 defeat to Rangers.
Celtic have kept just one clean sheet in that time – in the 2-0 win over Aberdeen – while St Johnstone and Motherwell are the only other two sides who have been unable to breach the Bhoys’ backline more than once.
Despite Thursday’s victory, Whelan insisted the defensive performance was still a concern for Lennon moving forward.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think that’s usually the biggest worry – you know you can score goals because you’ve got great players and creative players in your side but you can’t keep having to go out and score three goals to win a football match.
“That’s the problem, that’s the biggest worry, so Neil Lennon will still – and we keep saying it, still – has a hell of a lot of work to do on this defensive unit.
“That’s all across the board, I’m talking about your backline, your midfield protecting the back line and your strikers, your front three, protecting the midfield and everyone else behind you.
“There’s a lot of work to be done – attacking-wise, I think they’ve got the players there. Defensively, there’s still so many gaps in that defence that you always feel you’re going to get a chance whereas you never used to feel like that against Celtic.”
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