The Dutchman thinks they might have to play dirty.
Celtic are in Europa League action this week, in a big clash between two former European champions. They are set to take on Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA tomorrow, although both teams would much rather be contesting the Champions League instead.
The game will be a tough one for Celtic, especially considering Ajax’s recent form. They are unbeaten in seven but like Celtic were dumped out of the Champions League qualifying stages.
A young team who play on the ground with pace and precision, Celtic will need to be at their best to claim a victory.
However one man in the know does not think Celtic should try and play Ajax at their own game. Instead they should go old school. The person in question is Dutchman Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. The former Dutch international spent three years with Celtic after arriving from PSV Eindhoven in 2006. Now he reckons that Celtic must get amongst Ajax if they are to get anything from this game.
He is quoted by the Daily Record as stating his belief that manager Ronny Deila may have to go route one if they are to win the game. He stated:
“Celtic need to grab them by the throat and dominate them in Holland. Ajax will have a lot of the ball, loads of position play, passes and possession.
“Sometimes it can be a case of just booting the ball up the park and getting the result. It sounds really easy but against teams who want to play it’s sometimes the best way. Ronny Deila may need to ditch his style of play to have a chance or Europa League success.
“I was sitting in a bar with my old Celtic teammates last week talking about it. Look at some of the games we played.
“We weren’t always the best players on the pitch but sometimes you need to get your head down and get the result.
“Celtic might need to do that in Holland and against Fenerbahce.”
It would certainly be a departure from the recent style of play that Deila likes to employ but in Europe he might have to change things up to get a result against a team like Ajax.
If he goes toe-to-toe with Ajax than the likelihood is they will not come out on top however a return to the old days might be a popular decision – if they actually have the players on hand to play that way.