Celtic and Ross County have both visited Easter Road in the last week and both left with a draw, County coming from two goals down. They are one of five clubs separated by a point, all hovering above St Johnstone at the bottom of the table. While Celtic have preparations for a trip to the Metropolitano Stadium in a few days, County are playing for a contract next season. They are undefeated in three games since defeat to Hearts in September; we can expect a robust challenge.
Like you, I felt trepidation when Brendan Rodgers talked about Cameron Carter-Vickers needing rest on Wednesday because of his knee. Not only is he a tier-one defender, but he is also fundamental to the way we build attacks. His assuredness on the ball makes opponents less likely to press, giving Cameron and therefore Celtic more scope. The correlation between domestic success and Cameron playing is not coincidence.
Barring a setback, he will play in Madrid, but I could make a case that Dingwall tomorrow – our only away game in the league until December, is our most important game this month. Play Cameron from the start, if he needs a rest, get the job done early and hook him.
The Israeli national team boss is not worthy of comment. I get there is a lot of stress in the country right now, but ill-informed nonsense is unworthy and cheapens the term he used. When you are provoked, your provokers win and are encouraged.