Neil Lennon persisted with his new shape and two central strikers in the 3-1 victory away against Kilmarnock as Celtic maintained top spot in the Scottish Premiership.
With key men Ryan Christie and James Forrest still unavailable, Leigh Griffiths was given the nod up front in support of Odsonne Edouard after his goal against Partick Thistle, with width being provided by wing-backs Jeremie Frimpong and Jonny Hayes – both of whom are converted wingers anyway – and Olivier Ntcham charged with being the central creativity.
Celtic were always going to dominate possession and with Scott Brown dictating play from deep – almost alongside the centre-halves – the shape allows Lennon to get the best attacking players at his disposal into the team.
Not much attention was paid to the shape when the team was announced, although, Hoops fans felt the change isn’t necessary with one wide player notable by his absence as they continue to wait for him to make his mark on the first team.
Shved will feel like a new signing if he ever gets played😭
— Aidan Boyle (@AidanBoyle03) January 22, 2020
— Kieran (@Kieran0700) January 22, 2020
— thomas 🇻🇦 (@thomasg1888) January 22, 2020
Shved not even on the bench?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
(was I first?)
— Sean (@seanie_bhoy) January 22, 2020
— seánna👼🏼 (@seanna_xx) January 22, 2020
No Shved No Party pic.twitter.com/6S33TmkSrf
— Sean 🏴 (@Seany_CFC) January 22, 2020
See when you punted Sinclair, did he pack up Shved with him?
— meganwandrum 🍀 (@megz0wandrum) January 22, 2020
Once Christie and Forrest are available again there will be an increased interest in the Celtic line-up, for the first half of the season it almost picked itself as they qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League in record time, won the league cup and finished the year on top of the Scottish Premiership.