Former Celtic boss, Gordon Strachan, has revealed what Neil Lennon must look for in the transfer market to stop this Rangers title charge.
Celtic fans’ illusions of a cakewalk to a ninth straight League title were shattered yesterday when Rangers came to Parkhead and beat 2-1 in what was a dominant display. And now, everybody is aware that Steven Gerrard’s side are a genuine threat to the Scottish crown.
All the warning signs were clearly visible earlier this month though when the Hoops were dominated in the League Cup final at Hampden Park and had Fraser Forster to thank for for almost single-handedly winning them the trophy on that day. There was no repeat of those heroics on Sunday, as goals from Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic were enough to sink the Celtic ship.
But with nine-in-a-row hanging in the balance, the Hoops cannot afford to go down without a fight. And they will be expected to make some big moves in January in order to get the momentum back on their side.
“Lenny is a very clever man. He will understand that he needs to look at it and that Celtic need to improve.
“He’ll go away and think long and hard about how they deal with this.
“When two teams are so evenly matched, it’s often just a little tweak that can make the difference.
“Questions he’ll be asking are ‘where were Rangers dominant against us?’ and ‘How do we make sure we have more of the ball so we can feed our better players?’
“He might look at it and decide he needs a bit more strength and height.
“He needs cover for Odsonne Edouard – we don’t know the situation with Leigh Griffiths, his career’s on hold at the moment, and everyone hopes the lad can get back to it.
“But, at this moment in time, Celtic will probably be looking for a target man forward.
“If you have a smaller group of players, they have to be perfect in the way they play – when you have a bit of height and strength, you have days when you’re off it technically, but you can get through it.
“Rangers looked the more powerful team on Sunday.”
Physicality is clearly something that the Hoops have missed against Steven Gerrard’s side as they have been almost bullied at times. And while Odsonne Edouard has done brilliantly this season as well, he could do with some backup with Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo providing almost next to nothing. Thus, the board would do well to listen to Strachan’s advice and sign a proper target man as soon as possible.