None of us are particularly focussed on Tynecastle tonight, so you can imagine how players who have worked for and with Brendan Rodgers for over two years are feeling right now. They have all the excuses in the world for a reversal, but they have to find it in themselves to put all off-field distractions aside and beat Hearts.
Brendan, Chris Davies and Kolo Toure have left the building. Neil Lennon has been away less than five years but he worked with few who are likely to feature tonight. The most important element of consistency we have is Scott Brown. He has seen it all in his 12 years at Celtic and worked hand in glove with Neil during the latter’s four years as manager.
Yesterday I gave Brendan credit for his honesty, but something rankled in his later comments at Leicester, “I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club.” No, you won’t, Brendan. It’s just a gig. If Tottenham come calling you’ll be off. We all know this, so be straight with the people of Leicester.