Neil Lennon is facing heavy criticism for his team selection after Celtic crashed out of the Champions League. The Bhoys missed out against Romanian side CFR Cluj after a 4-3 loss on the night and a 5-4 aggregate defeat.
Celtic returned to Glasgow with a 1-1 scoreline from the first leg after James Forrest got the away goal. But that away goal was matched on 27 minutes and Cluj took a 1-0 lead into the second half.
In a turbulent second period, Forrest and Odsonne Edouard pulled Celtic back in front but Bilal Omrani’s penalty made it 3-3 with Cluj leading on away goals. Ryan Christie quickly restored Celtic’s lead but Omrani put the visitors level moments later.
With Celtic chasing a late goal to avoid an away goals defeat, George Tucudean sealed the victory with a late strike. It was a catastrophic night for Celtic and Lennon faced backlash.
McGregor plays at left-back
His decision to play Callum McGregor at left-back was widely scrutinised. Boli Bolingoli sat on the bench while McGregor – arguably Celtic’s best midfielder – was forced to play at full-back.
Here are some tweets from Celtic fans who were shocked at that decision.
Delusional. We conceded 3 goals in the second half. Inept dross from a poundshop manager.
— David Barrett (@bigbenmurphy) August 13, 2019
Lennon is a clown, of course it affected them playing Mcgregor out of position
— john mooney (@Seansdaddy1) August 13, 2019
The most disappointing aspect from tonight is Lennon’s lack of insight. Why can he not admit he made a cock up playing our best MF at LB. he’s putting all the onus on the players and accepting no responsibility. Ridiculous!
— Gee (@wilberts89) August 13, 2019
Aye playing our best cm at lb didn't affect the game, the midfield was lost without him in there clearly wasn't watching the same game.
— chris home (@homercfc) August 13, 2019
You buy a £3m left back and leave him on the bench then make our midfield weaker by playing CM at left back.
Nice one Neil 👍🏼
— James Shevlin (@JamesShevlin11) August 13, 2019
Many @CelticFC fans questioned the decision about McGregor at left back BEFORE the game. Strange Neil Lennon doesn't agree with them AFTER the game!!
— NaeBull (@NaeBull) August 13, 2019