This has the makings of a neutral weekend in the Premiership. Celtic face struggling St Mirren, table-topping Hearts are at struggling Motherwell and struggling Newco are home to pointless Dundee. Only our nearest challengers in recent seasons, Aberdeen, look to have a challenge on their hands, away to St Johnstone.
That’s how it works on paper, anyway, but it football was that predictable, bookies would be poor and punters rich. The weekend might not go to form.
Celtic have struggled to breakdown teams who defend deeply this season and you can expect St Mirren to do exactly that tonight. No three points are guaranteed, so we will need to earn the win.
Hearts bubble may burst at Fir Park. Motherwell have only taken points off Dundee and Newco, losing to Hamilton and Hibs, but those defeats came in the first games of the season. They have steadied the ship since.
Dundee are rank rotten, having lost all four league games and a 0-3 humiliation at home to Ayr United in the League Cup. Their answer was to sign out of contract – and no longer manager – Kenny Miller (38). They have the look of cannon fodder. They will not get a sniff at Ibrox, surely?
It would be good to see some of the new faces tonight, Filip Benkovic, in particular, who may be useful against Rosenborg on Thursday.
Three points, please, Celtic!