It is early enough in the season that Celtic have ample scope to recover from the odd reversal but with October just around the corner Neil Lennon and his players will be wondering why they have not won two consecutive league games this season. This particular oddity can be put right tomorrow if Celtic win and leapfrog Motherwell, who sit precariously at the top of the SPL, albeit having played a game more.
There is also probably some fine-tuning required on formation. We kept a clean sheet in both Champions League qualifying away games but have not achieved one in three away SPL games against weaker opposition than Helsingborgs or HJK Helsinki.
Motherwell exited the League Cup on Wednesday but don’t expect this to sap momentum; Celtic on Saturday is their cup final. We can expect a direct and physical challenge on what is likely to be a heavy pitch.
An early goal from the champions would settle the nerves. If they get this, don’t be surprised if they go on to win comfortably. Despite indifferent form this season the signs are there that Celtic are getting their game together. Prediction: 0-4.
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