Saturdays Glasgow Derby is the biggest game of the season so far in terms of the league title race and Celtic boss, Neil Lennon, has been speaking to Celtic TV to give his thoughts on the upcoming clash against his rivals. The teams performances and results have improved over December, keeping three clean sheets in a row and the formation that has been so successful in changing the teams fortunes may not be utilised in the derby game.
Lennon said, “No ones getting carried away you know it’s a tough game for us and Rangers are in great form, have been all season so it’s a great challenge for us. And we’re starting to find consistency as well so I want to take that into the game on Saturday and get a positive result.
“We’re confident but a bit more sort of relaxed about things you know because we’re playing well, and everybody’s fit and available and there’s good competition for places. We’re creating a lot of chances which we haven’t been doing and we look a lot more assured at the back . I wouldn’t say I’m relaxed about it you never are going in the game but we’re looking forward to it
“Griff was unlucky not to score the first half and I though he fatigued a little bit as the game went on which is understandable. But you know the link up play for the first goal was brilliant with Odsonne. I think its his first goal from open play in the league for a while, he took it brilliantly. It was a great ball and he’s unlucky not to score earlier as well.
Asked how different the game is without the fans, Lennon said, “It’s excruciating. It is what it is we have to you know get on with it but it’s, it’s not the same.”
Highlighting the diamond formation, Lennon was asked if he will be adopting this going into the game on Saturday, “I mean, possibly. This was one that’s working for us at the minute. It gives me two strikers on and good legs in midfield as well. just see some players at the minute but then I don’t know if we will go with that, or we can afford to go with at the weekend. We will assess it over the next couple days.
“We’re not contemplating losing the game. We’re going in there with a positive frame of mind and we have to play a lot better than we did here in October whenever it was but then, but we’ll have Christie, Edouard, Griffiths, Turnbull and Soro and they’re all available to play. So hopefully that’ll give us a real spark going into this game.”
There definitely seems to be an air of confidence going into the Derby but Lennon suggesting that the diamond formation is not guaranteed to be used may give the Celtic fans a little cause for concern.