So we went with the 4-4-2 again today.
Jullien is injured today so Ajer and Bitton are the central defence, but other than that it looks pretty much like the team that won the other day. So maybe lessons are being learned.
Yesterday’s article on the 4-4-2, which can be read here, urged Lennon to use this game and the one in midweek to play the system and get the players used to it. Also to tweak it a little for the unique circumstances of going to the NewCo’s ground.
I watched them against Hibs today; Jack Ross’s team turned in an insipid, gutless display like so many others sides which have gone to Ibrox this season and put eleven men behind the ball, playing as far back into their own half as it’s possible to go and relying on keeping it tight and hitting on the break; it is not going to win teams games at that ground.
We have to get right in their faces next weekend. Right up where it hurts.
Too many teams like them pass the ball about; we were certainly guilty of it at Parkhead.
Only a handful of sides – and Hibs were amongst them, but at home, have pushed them.
The 4-4-2 is a good system for containing their best players and still giving us an attacking threat.
I am glad that it looks like something Lennon is considering, albiet I’d very much like to have Jullien back for that one and Ajer at right back in it.
Still, today is about finding out what the players have learned about this system in the last half a week.
Edouard and Griffiths start up front again, so I’m betting on us getting a few goals.