The March international break is one of the most important of the club season. It is when managers and coaches get to take a proper look at the players targeted for the summer transfer window. The Celtic management team will have looked at dozens of players on video since the January window closed, but, this break from domestic football, gives them the chance to do the Grand Tour, their last opportunity before the end of the season.
Having despatched his nearest two rivals away from home, with 10 men, in recent weeks, Brendan Rodgers took enormous pressure off the remainder of the season, which now largely consists of preparing for next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final. Energies will have made a significant switch towards preparing for July’s Champions League qualifiers.
Getting these decisions right can be the difference between success and failure; Brendan will have used his ‘time off’ wisely.