One change from midweek. One. You could have predicted it.
Lennon simply refuses to see what is plain to almost everyone.
We are doing the same things over and over again, in the hope we get different results.
His system today includes playing Ryan Christie as a striker. I am so, so, so sick of watching Lennon’s teams.
Square pegs in round holes all over the line-up.
Is it a 5-4-1 or a 3-4-1-1 or a 5-3-2 or a 3-5-2?
I’ve stopped trying to analyse it, I’ve stopped caring.
We have full backs doubling as wingers.
We have two central midfielders at central defence.
We have Christie as a second striker.
We retained Barkas, played Brown, McGregor is in.
Ajeti doesn’t even make the squad. Lennon will be asked about that.
If he’s not injured, are we writing him off as well as the keeper?
Who, of course, starts.
Are you looking for consistency? Are you looking for a pattern? Well stop because there isn’t one.
These players are being shuffled within various formations but it’s the same faces who start every week.
At least three of them – Edouard, Ajer and Christie – are the ones we presume the manager is talking about when he says they don’t want to be there.
So where does it leave us? In hope for today more than expectation. It seems obvious to most of us that we’re only treading open water at this point and waiting for the sharks to come, but none of us in a position to do anything about it.
All I can say at this point is that we need to do this today, but that the manager has not made it easy. It’s as if he’s not cognisant of the risk to his job, his reputation and his career, on top of which of course is the momentous risk to the club itself.
I’ll see you on the other side guys. Hopefully with three points.