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John Kennedy hints Celtic won't drop controversial style of defending

Celtic coach John Kennedy feels zonal marking is the way forward for his team.

Celtic coach John Kennedy has hinted in the Daily Mail that the Bhoys won’t drop the idea of zonal marking.

The system divides opinion in the football world and could be attributed to Markus Rosenberg’s goals in Malmo’s 2-0 win against Celtic in the Champions League play-off earlier this week.

Rosenberg found himself with the space and momentum to get the better of defender Virgil van Dijk, as he put his team into a telling lead.

“We have worked on zonal marking and we firmly believe in it. The players we have are suited to that style of play,” Kennedy told the Daily Mail.

“If there is anything we can do going forward we will look to tweak that, but it has stood us in good stead in the past and we'll make sure if there is any problem we will fix it.”

Zonal marking v man marking

The main idea behind zonal marking is that a player is responsible for a specific area when defending a set piece such as a corner or free kick.

He is responsible for marking or dealing with any opponent who enters that space, but it can sometimes cause confusion if an opponent is moving from one zone into another, which drags players out of position.

Man marking is often preferred because it’s very specific; each player has someone they are responsible for and if that player scores, everyone knows who to blame or where the problem was.

If Celtic stick to zonal marking, hopefully there won’t be too many more instances where it lets them down.

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