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Celtic legend hammers old fashioned Neil Lennon

Scottish PremiershipCelticCeltic legend hammers old fashioned Neil Lennon
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Former goalkeeper, Pat Bonner, has slaughtered Neil Lennon’s tactics after last nights game against Cluj – calling them “naive” and “from a different era”.

Bonner said the defensive tactics reminded him of Celtics approach during their 5-4 defeat against Partizan Belgrad, three decades ago.

He said to the BBC: “I listened to Jose Mourinho at the weekend on TV and he described Man City as a team that was absolutely brilliant when they don’t have the ball. that means that when you wait for the transition to happen when you are attacking then you have got to read the game and nail it at that point and Celtic did not do that.

“The game tonight they showed their naivety and they allowed a team like Cluj to win this game.

“It was far too open. Celtic upped the tempo attacking wise but it was far too open. It left them wide open on the counter. It was going from end to end and you can’t afford for that to happen.

“When you know you only have a goal advantage and you know that the opposition can put themselves ahead on away goals you have to be clever about it.

“You had two central defenders and Scott Brown sitting in front of them. That allowed Celtic to dominate attacking wise, it allowed them to push the full-backs and Ntcham forward but if you can’t then defend the transition you are going to get absolutely done and that’s what happened in this game.

“To lose four goals in that situation… for me, things have moved on. If you look back at the Partizan Belgrade defeat that’s the way we operated. Attack, attack, attack, but the good teams in Europe are not naive like that and Celtic were naive again tonight.”

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