Davy Martindale insisted that Andrew Schneier’s display as a striker was there, which he had seen from the London Dykes.
Midfielder Shane was asked to play against Celtic as a false No. 9. The winner scored in the 25th minute.
Boss Martindale said: “I had to come up with a different game plan and I knew I had to get Shane up the park. He was incredible.
“All the boys were great but he seemed to play as No. 9 in his entire career. I put him in the headlock before the game and told him he was playing No. 9! I’m kidding.
“He’s a good guy you can play anywhere because he has a great football mind and he’ll give you a good change.
“Technically he’s very good at the ball and it’s one of the No. 9 performances I’ve seen in Levi’s. I’m going back to London with that.
“It reminded me of Dykes winning his strength and things in the air. He used the ball brilliantly and he is a very smart player.
“We changed our shape and Shane got into it. He’s a promising player.”
Martindale said: “Celtic had a really tough game with a high quality La Liga side as well as travel.
“Sometimes I feel like the big clubs are coming back but it does you a little bit of a benefit – if you increase the intensity they may not be able to deal with it.”
For the fifth time in a row, Hopes Levy failed to win on a plastic pitch and has not won a league there since March 2006.
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