Neil Lennon explains crucial tactical change he made to Celtic team

Neil Lennon reckons his tactical tweaks are paying dividends at Celtic .

The Scottish heavyweights battered St Mirren 5-0 at Parkhead on Saturday to continue their impressive form.

Leigh Griffiths rolled back the years with a dazzling hat-trick. Odsonne Edouard managed his 28th of the campaign and Callum McGregor also got on the scoresheet with a late penalty.

Lennon returned to Celtic for a second stint in February 2019 and has gradually adjusted the side’s style.

His outfit are playing aggressively in attack and St Mirren simply couldn’t deal with it.

Celtic have now scored 89 goals this season, 12 more than they managed in the whole of the previous campaign.

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“Wow. I am delighted with that,” Lennon explained after the match.

"Looking at it when I came in, I thought we could up the tempo and play forward a little bit more.

"We certainly have the players who could score goals. That is something that me and my backroom team worked on at the start of the season.

"It is alright working on it, players have to go out and do it and they have done it magnificently well so far."

Hatem Abd Elhamed made a late cameo as he continues his recovery from a groin injury.

"I am delighted,” Lennon added. “He got a nice ovation when he came on and he contributed to the penalty.

"It has been a long time for him so to get some minutes on the pitch was good for him."

Relegation-threatened St Mirren are now second from bottom in the Scottish Premiership.

They are still three points ahead of Hearts, who they lock horns with on Wednesday.

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"Games against the Old Firm is not how our season will be defined,” said Jim Goodwin.

"Hearts on Wednesday night, it's Kilmarnock, it's Ross County and those games after the split that are the most important ones.

"Rangers at home, as well, is one where we believe we could potentially pick something up and that is the way we have to go into games.

"We will go into the game on Wednesday in a positive manner and try to win it."

  • Celtic FC
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Alfredo Morelos
  • Neil Lennon
  • Steven Gerrard

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