Celtic earned a draw against Livingston on Wednesday evening, and now manager Neil Lennon gives a brutally honest review of the match.
Celtic has had a tough go of it lately over the course of the last five matches. Those five matches have ended up with two wins, two draws and a loss. Hoops manager Neil Lennon cannot be happy or satisfied with his club’s performance of late.
Wednesday night’s match against Livingston brought all of the issues front and center for the squad. Defence was lacking, especially with lapses by Fraser Forster, and a complete breakdown by Christopher Jullien that resulted in Livingston’s second goal.
In order to get back on track, Neil Lennon needs to revert back to what was working for them domestically when the calendar flipped to the New Year. That strategy was playing Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths up front. It was a deadly duo that was hard pressed to be stopped.
However, after the Livingston match, Neil Lennon was brutally honest about Christopher Jullien’s performance. Here is what the boss said as reported by BBC Sport:
“It’s not like him [Jullien]. He has been outstanding this season, so he just lost his balance and we got done for the goal. But the response from the team was everything I would expect from them and more.”
Very rarely has Christopher Jullien been the subject of criticism this season. Since his move to the Hoops, Christopher Jullien has been a stalwart on defence. He has single-handedly help reshape what the backline looks like. Furthermore, the defender has made key goals and plays in some of the toughest situations this season. One only needs to look at his performance against Lazio to see what we are talking about.
As any good footballer, Jullien will likely have a short memory about this performance, and move on. The Hoops sure need him to in any case.