We are desperately lacking width at the minute, I think this is a major problem for us in the domestic games as teams like to sit behind the ball and it becomes hard to pass through, having players who can run with the ball and inject some directness to the game is need and it also hasn’t helped that Forrest has had such an injury ravaged season. Hope Stokesy gets a run out at some stage.
I think that lack of width is why we’ve gone with a 4-3-3 in the last two games. We have plenty of centre midfield and striking options so this allows us to play an extra one of each in contrast to a 4-4-2 where the absence of natural wide players would be more of an issue. The full backs provided the width on the overlap on Saturday - Matthews was superb and it was one of Izzy’s better games so we’ll need Lustig and Izzy to perform similarly tonight.
Smashing goal from a breakaway from their corner. Hooper to Lassad who delayed the pass to Samaras perfectly (using Hooper’s decoy run across him) and the Greek squared for Hooper to slam home. 21st goal of the season for the Englishman.
Villas-Boas is also at Celtic Park tonight. Spurs were linked with Hooper in the English media today.
Celtic nearly went three up before the break. A Samaras header from a Lassad cross was deflected wide and Wanyama then headed the resulting Mulgrew corner off the bar. Hooper then had the rebound cleared off the line before Lassad’s follow up was deflected wide for another corner.
Wanyama and Hooper have been excellent tonight. Lassad has impressed again too.