Posted on Saturday, 24th July 2010 by lordofthewing
All this talk about tactics and formations is quite new as nowadays everyone is a manager. I blame Andy Gray for that. I long for the day when The Diary naively thought that football was a game played by big boys at the back, tough and skilful boys in the middle and deadly boys up front.
It was a simple game. You score more goals than the opposition. You charge up the park trying to score. If you lose the ball you charge back down again trying to win it back. It was primitive, almost like Vikings storming neighbouring villages. Now, it seems, that everyone is living every teenage boys fantasy by trying to find the best place to play in the hole.
So, with our new Arab Israeli, apparently knocking back Galatasary and Twente Enschede who “can offer a lot more money, but when Celtic came into the picture we ended their interest” according to Biram Kayal agent, Dudu Dahan, the question of where do all these midfielders fit in is being pondered.
“Fighter Kayal will offer midfield ballast” and has seemingly been earmarked for a role alongside Brown if Lennon plays a four man midfield. “Joe Ledley is expected to fill the role on the left” and “Efrain Juarez, Mexican Internationalist, ( this is a tame description most have went from Mexican World Cup superstar to Mexican utility player) on the other flank.”
If Lennon goes to five in the middle, “a system he (Lennon) relished as a player“, then “he could also throw Ki Sung Yueng into the equation“.
Efrain Juarez, in between giving interviews that lead to headlines like “ooh aah I’m the Mexican Cantona” and hoping that “some supporters will go to the stadium wearing ponchos and sombreros” which has the Celtic merchandise department shoving the despicable Vuvuzela in boxes marked “do not open” -then being sent to be incinerated never to be discussed again- before wondering what T in the Park done with their unsold ponchos, he has said that “he has not discussed tactics” with his new manager.
He may play right back.
There is no mention of the 2009/10 Scottish Hide And Seek Champion, Shaun Maloney, who was only flushed out after it was posted on his Facebook page that we were sending Gazza to talk to him,where Liam Lawrence will fit in when he joins his “boyhood heroes” or if James Forrest will catch a break after he seems to be vertically challenged and looks up to the aforementioned Shaun.
Celtic are not finished. This weekend has seen the “most talented home-grown player in Israel” and “Hoop is a Hoop” with us “winning the race” for Gary ‘Hooperman’ Hooper sign or close to signing. Pre-season has seen Lennon use a team selection process that could have been decided on the back of a beermat. There has been no rhyme or reason.
Guessing the formation at this moment in time would be like asking Michelle McManus for singing lessons and dieting advice.