Celtic crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night as they suffered a somewhat surprise 3-1 defeat to Danish side FC Copenhagen, losing 4-2 on aggregate – and Celtic fans cannot understand Neil Lennon’s decision to take Mo Elyounoussi off.
The Scottish champions came into the match in a good position, after nabbing a 1-1 draw against Copenhagen in the away leg. That away goal gave Lennon’s side a strong chance of qualifying, but it was not to be.
The game came to life in the second half, after the deadlock was finally broken in the 51st minute. Michael Santos lashed a left-footed effort into the top-right corner of Fraser Forster’s net, from around 10 yards out.
Celtic got an equaliser with 83 minutes on the clock. Odsonne Edouard netted his 26th goal of the season from the penalty spot, after Ragnar Sigurdsson handled. With extra-time looming, Copenhagen snatched a place in the last 16.
Pep Biel and then Dame N’Doye scored within two minutes of eachother, and the scoreline finished 3-1 – 4-2 on aggregate. Leigh Griffiths replaced Southampton loanee Elyounoussi in the 70th minute, despite impressing down the left flank.
Many Celtic fans cannot understand why the Norway international was taken off, instead of James Forrest, as Celtic pushed for an equaliser. Supporters criticised the decision by manager Lennon.
So elyounoussi has arguably been our best player n gets subbed…
— Liam Cassidy™ (@liamcassidy21) February 27, 2020
Can blame Lennon for this, 3 central defenders in a back 4, took off Elyounoussi when Rogic, Forrest & Simunovic were having an absolute nightmare. Puts on Griffiths 15mins to go when it was obvious it needed done at halftime. Why play a 433 when 3-5-2 has worked. #Lennon
— Carnaigie (@craigakconnolly) February 27, 2020
Lennon made 1 sub that game. 1 sub! you always need to bring fresh legs on when the game gets tough, shouldve taken rogic off for griff and put elyounoussi in the midfield
— EwanOfAvalon (@ewan_buxton) February 27, 2020
Why was Griffiths not started?
Why was the formation and tactics changed?
Why wasn’t Griffiths fetched on sooner?
Why was Elyounoussi taken off when he was causing problems, yet the invisible man rogic got 90 minutes?
Why did he only make one change?
Lennon hasn’t a clue
— Ian Jobson #FBPE (@Hoopy1976) February 27, 2020
Shouldn't have started the game with Eduoard up front on his own, should have taken Jozo off after the first goal, shouldn't have taken Elyounoussi off at all…. a comedy of errors as per usual from Celtic, when will we learn 🙃
— 🏴🍀 Courtney Smallridge🌼 (@cheesybiscuit_) February 27, 2020
Took our best player on the night in elyounoussi off and left players like rogic and forrest on who offered nothing also left jozo in for full 90 should have been changed early on
— steven friel (@stevenfriel91) February 27, 2020