Brendan Rodgers had to prepare a tired and injured squad in recent weeks as he competed for the League Cup, Europa League and league title. He rested players at Motherwell, bringing criticism from some quarters, but won the League Cup, qualified for the next phase of the Europa League and sits three points clear at the top of the Premiership with a game in hand.
At Pittodrie we saw Celtic move through the gears. Aberdeen are in their best form in years, but could not take a point despite two penalty kicks, one of which should have been tied in a Christmas bow it was so generous.
A little later, Neil Lennon took Hibernian to Ibrox. Neil has a significantly poorer squad than Brendan and is even more affected by injuries, but he would not be defeated. If Celtic turn up at Ibrox with the same attitude they or Neil Lennon had yesterday, they will shred Newco.
Odsonne Edouard looked like a player transformed after a short break. His contribution was critical in delivering the result. Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick thoroughly answered any questions about his form. Both are ready to do the necessary on Saturday.