Neil Lennon went some of the way towards calming our fears over Saturday’s line-up tonight when he all but confirmed that Celtic will continue in the 4-4-2 system and that one of the lynchpins of that team will be David Turnbull.
“You never cement your place at a club like this but he’s playing consistently well and there would be no reason for me to leave him out really,” he said of Turnbull, who scored an excellent goal today but also showed great vision and skill.
Lennon didn’t make any commitment on Soro, which I am not surprised about in the least.
Brown is a certainty to play at Ibrox barring injury, and that’s something I’ve simply come to accept since the Scottish Cup Final where, actually, he had a fine game.
For all that, Lennon does still have some decisions to make.
There are questions over who will play in defence, and he didn’t come close to answering that.
He has no idea yet if Jullien is going to be fit, and that will be a worry as I’m convinced Ajer would have been right back for Ibrox had Lennon had the full complement of defenders available for the match.
I think that overall most of us could pick the likely team at the moment, with Ajer and Duffy in the middle, Frimpong on the right and, I suspect, Taylor on the left Brown anchoring a midfield four of Turnbull, McGregor and Christie.
I don’t see any of them missing out.
Now that he’s confirmed the 4-4-2 I don’t see Griffiths or Eddie not being the forward line either.
So at least some of these questions appear to have been answered by the manager today, and especially when he talked up the system and how players are getting used to it.
“I think there is more to come from the team, the more they get used to playing with the system, playing with each other,” he said, which also hints at a certain stability in the line-ups from now on, which can’t do any harm. “We’re in a good vein of form and a good groove.”
So it does appear that some decisions have already been made, and I would think that this would include keeping Barkas in goal, although who plays in front of him right now is very much the biggest set of decisions the manager has to make prior to the weekend.