Key decision of the year for Neil Lennon


If you thumb through the pages of the Celtic Quick News comments section you’ll find a couple of overlapping areas of indifferent form being reported.  One for Beram Kayal and one for the team as a whole.  You’ll also note several contributors commenting that Beram’s form improved after his new contract was signed, settling speculation surrounding the player.

It may be coincidental that Beram’s form seemed to pick up after his future was settled but the fact that this happened a few days after the pivotal 3-3 draw at Kilmarnock suggests a whole lot of what has been going right at Celtic was linked to the Israeli’s form in this crucial central midfield area.

Neil Lennon has a huge tactical decision to make.  Get it wrong and he will not be able to replicate the impressive run of 10 consecutive wins.  Before making a decision, a good place to research would be videos of Celtic’s run up to and including that Kilmarnock game.  Knowing some of the things to avoid is a good start.

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  1. Team for tomorrow




    Lustiq Rogne. Mulgrew. Iszy


    Matthews. Brown. Wanyama. Ledley. Izzy




    if Forrest and Hooper are injured.

  2. Kayal33



    Is McGeoch not a central midfielder? I’d prefer to have him on the bench and come on into his natural position.

  3. fanadpatriot says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:22



    asking a lot of Izzy to play in 2 positions after being out for so long ;-)



    lustig not fit yet

  4. greenjedi says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:23



    yes he is, but, like Forrest and Sammi, he could come inside from a wide starting position, like he did when he came on against st mirren

  5. Victor is an excellent ball player but needs a little more time in possession. Rogne is a crisp tackler, brilliant in the air and like all no nonsense defenders he clears his lines quickly and effectively.

  6. up_over_goal says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:17



    I think Mulgrew can play a ball out of defence and with Kayal out, Wnayama is must in the midfield for me.

  7. greenjedi says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:23



    In the professional game McGeouch will be more suited tp playing in a wide position.

  8. Kayal



    Coming on and playing out of position in a game where we’re cruising is one thing, out of position from the start in a traditionally tough game could work against him

  9. Ok guys ,spot the deliberate mistake,Sammi wide mid,first time putting my team out,never again.Slan

  10. hamiltontim says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:26



    I have only seen McGeouch a couple times as sub. How quick he is? Does he have decent pace?

  11. hankray



    Rogne is a crisp tackler, brilliant in the air and like all no nonsense defenders he clears his lines quickly and effectively.



    Agree, bt have you noticed how many of those clearances end up straight back with the opposition?






    Also agree on Mulgrew. However, I really liked the way he combined with Wanyama against Kilmarnock. Wanyama and Brown in the middle is another awesome partnership, but Victor can’t be everywhere, and we have excellent midfielders in Brown, Ki and Ledley – enough for a very strong midfield.

  12. Kayal33 says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:23



    Re Lustig – Didn’t think he was injured mate. I thouigh I’d read that he was being given some recovery time as the Swedish league had just finished?



    So just a rest to let him recover from the rigors of a full season playing with no break.





    /Bishop B

  13. UP Over Goal



    A lot for Neil to ponder over between now and the tip off Sat.


    One sure thing , it’s great to be spoiled for choice going into the business end of the season.

  14. up_over_goal says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:31



    There is only one Victor Wanyama…unfortunately :(

  15. Len Brennan says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:37



    Not injured just not match fit. Norwegian league ended in November and he took December off to rest. Played his first game during week so shouldn’t be too long until he’s available.

  16. so the huns have managed to remove st johnstone’s main goal threat tomorrow with a (probably) bogus pre-contract offer, time for big cillian to step forward

  17. Kayal33 at 15:48



    Nothing to stop Sandaza trying harder to make sure he gets this contract. he’ll probably need any win bonusses he gets between now and end of season to pay his signing on fee.




  18. Gary Hooper and Kris Commons are back in contention for Celtic’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United at Parkhead tomorrow.



    Striker Hooper has recovered from a groin problem and midfielder Commons is fit again following a thigh injury.



    Winger James Forrest has a viral problem and will be assessed while striker Mo Bangura (knee) is still out.



    Provisional squad: Forster, Cha, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Rogne, McGeough, Izaguirre, Brown, Ki, Ledley, Forrest, Wanyama, Commons, Hooper, McCourt, Samaras, Twardzik, Stokes, Zaluska, Matthews.

  19. Not had chance to read the comments the past few weeks, BT tells me there was a post about South Lanarkshire council and not having money for a Jock Stein statue, has anybody got any info on it?



    When it was brought up a few years ago local councilors hinted that would be their excuse but Id be interested to know what they have said.

  20. KJamBhoy says:


    13 January, 2012 at 15:29



    Deceptively quick rather than blistering pace. He tends to ghost past players as opposed to being a trickster.

  21. GourockEmeraldBhoy HAILS THE KANO FOUNDATION on




    Can somebody let me know if I can get a link in the states for the game tomorrow. Gotta pop out so I’ll catch up. When I get back.

  22. The Battered Bunnet on

    We must have had some tidy forwards in the late 1880s to hold the record for goals scored in a season in the Scottish Cup, given that Arbroath put 36 past Bob Accord in one match in the same competition.