Scottish Premiership, check. Scottish League Cup, check. All eyes will now be fixated on Hampden Park later today, will Celtic actually manage to capture the illustrious ‘treble treble’? It’s safe to say Hearts will try everything to stop them.
Indeed. It has been yet another season to remember if you’re a Celtic fan, and now with the final hurdle upon us, Hearts are the only team that stand in the way of Celtic and yet ANOTHER record in the history books.
After only narrowly beating them last week, Neil Lennon will know that this is no easy task, but just how will he set up to face The Jambos later today?
Here’s a couple of changes we feel the 47-year-old should look to make to his side come the 15:00 kick off.
Drop Filip Benkovic
Drop one of the main stays in the Celtic defence? Yes, you read that right. The 21-year-old centre-back showed his age last week against Hearts in what was an out-of-sorts performance for the Croatian.
Benkovic found himself back in the side, after what was a lengthy time out of the starting matchday squad, and unfortunately for him… it showed. He looked shaky when on the ball and really looked like he was scared to challenge Hearts’ attackers, which is strange considering how physical he has been throughout the rest of the season.
So, after picking up a yellow card and being pulled off towards the end of the game, it looks safe to say that Benkovic should probably find himself sitting on the bench come kick off later today.
Start Jozo Simunovic
This looks more like the man to start for Lennon later today, the ever-present Jozo Simunovic, who is valued at £2.93 million (by Transfermarkt).
The 24-year-old centre-back came into the side towards the end of the game last weekend, coming on for Benkovic, and he really changed the direction of the match. Once introduced, Hearts’ attack struggled to even get close to getting a shot on goal. He really stamped his authority, despite only playing eight minutes.
Looking back at last week, it really seems like a no-brainer to drop Benkovic for the solid Simunovic.
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