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Forster, Cha, Rogne, Mulgrew, Matthews, Ki, Wanyama, Ledley, Brown, Samaras, Stokes.
Zaluska, K. Wilson, Izaguirre, McGeouch, Hooper, Brozek, Commons
Lennon did start with a 4-5-1 which I could predict but I thought Lennon would go with a middle three of Brown, Wanyama and Ledley. But instead he decided to keep Brown out on the wing and put Ki in the middle.
This really didn't help us at the start of the game. Wanyama is marking no one in the middle, Davis(marked by Brown) passes the ball to Aluko. Aluko gets past Ki easily and Rogne comes rushing out leaving a massive gap behind him. Aluko easily takes it past Rogne, Mulgrew came to fill in but he completed the bag of shit by making a final mistake. He thought Aluko was going to going outside which was silly, the gap was at the penalty spot and Forster had the front post covered. Aluko easily cut inside him leaving the whole goal open for him.
To add to the matter, Rogne didn't even have to rush out. Ki was catching up with him but Ki also made a mistake and pulled off Aluko as Rogne came in. Aluko also got the ball in the first place because Wanyama pulled off him and Ki was filling in for Brown on the left wing.
For the first goal, Wanyama should have sat back, Rogne shouldn't have ran at a player much more agile than him and Mulgrew should have expect Aluko to cut inside.
For Cha getting sent off I would personally blame Rogne again and the lack of communication. Cha du ri is clearly not going to catch up with Wallace, Ki is closing down on the Rangers player on the ball that Rogne is also closing down on(leaving space behind him). He does nothing to help Cha and allows the ball to easily get through on goal. Personally Ki should have burst his gut to get the ball, Rogne should have stopped Wallace from getting through on goal.
So for the first two incidents that really hit us in the first half, Rogne and Ki were in the middle of them. Wanyama could have also helped a lot to prevent the first goal but still Ki, Rogne and Mulgrew could have dealt with it with more communication.
Going a man down, Lennon brough off Stokes(our biggest threat in the game so far). He could have scored a goal but he was finding space. Lennon then put Samaras upfront meaning our only attacking threat came from Brown and Samaras.
Rangers second goal was due to Rogne not winning a vital header and Wallace being offside who shot at Forster, he made the save but it was impossible to save the rebound. The goal shouldn't have counted.
Rangers third goal was a product of having two players sent off, it was the type of situation where Wanyama or Kayal would have helped. I think it's Ledley who gets tackled by Wallace which leads to a counter attack, Rangers used a 1-2 and Wallace just slid the ball past Forster.
From there, Celtic got a bit of fight and Rangers sat back a bit to much. Samaras won a long ball against Goian, he got through on goal and Bocanegra made a last ditch tackle which got him sent off. Brown then scored the penalty which gave Celtic a little bit of confidence going forward.
Commons sent in a great ball from a freekick after being tackled by Whittaker, Commons got past him and it was a dirty move by Whittaker. Rogne went above Lafferty and headed it into the back of the net.
Personally I think Lennon started with the wrong lineup, I think Brown would have been better in the middle ahead of Ki and this was a really good game for Commons to start. Brown, Ledley and Wanyama in the middle with Samaras and Commons out wide. Then Izzy and Matthews at the full back positions and it would have been a totally different game.
Also make sure you tune into Beyond the Waves from 5pm to talk about the game:
- Mar 25 2012 10:34 PM
- by Gaffney