Celtic manager Neil Lennon came in for questioning from a lot of the club’s supporters over one particular decision on Boxing Day.
The Hoops’ official Twitter channel @CelticFC shared the starting line-up for the game against St Mirren just under 75 minutes before kick-off, with many correctly inferring that James Forrest would start on the left-hand side of an attacking midfield three.
🍀 TEAM NEWS ⚪️
Here’s how we line up for #STMCEL…
Come on the Hoops! 💪 pic.twitter.com/fTxt1QkWS1
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 26, 2019
The 28-year-old is primarily a right midfielder but has now played on the left in Celtic’s last four matches, with regular left winger Mohamed Elyounoussi still injured and Mikey Johnston among the substitutes.
Lennon’s decision to stick with Forrest on the left may have met with plenty of disagreement before the match but the call would be vindicated as the Scotland international scored what ultimately proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory, taking the ball around St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky before dispatching to the net in the 32nd minute. [via Sky Sports]
His goal-scoring display was the ideal riposte to these pre-match lamentations from some Hoops fans about his starting position:
Forrest and Christie out of position again.
This type of stubbornness from Lennon was exactly why nobody cared when he left first time round.
— CiaranBolingoli (@Cjbradley86) December 26, 2019
Forrest on the left and Christie on the right doesn’t do either of them any favours please stop it @neil
— michael. ⛵️ (@VLR) December 26, 2019
Stop playing Forrest on the left 👏
— Aidan (@AMc88_) December 26, 2019
Forrest at LM again 😫
— CelticFC News (@celtic__news88) December 26, 2019
stop playin forest on the left😠😠😠
— olivia💚 (@oliviaaaaaaaaax) December 26, 2019
Lenny’s stubbornness shining through once again Forrest on the left and Christie wasted on this right and he doesn’t even explain total arrogance imo
— daniel cummings (@dannycummings67) December 26, 2019
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