For years Celtic players have had little let-up in their schedule during international breaks, so it was pleasing to see so few play a full 90 minutes over the weekend. Four former Celtic players started for Scotland but Callum McGregor and David Turnbull were only used as substitutes.
Kyogo Furuhashi made a halftime appearance in Japan’s home defeat to Oman (Oh, man). Nir Bitton got a valuable run out for Israel against Austria, while Liel Abada watched from the bench. Tom Rogic got the full 90 minutes in Australia’s 3-0 win over China, which Carl Starfelt for the closing 30 minutes as Sweden beat Uzbekistan.
Those who have been in the squad since preseason should be fully fit and more in need of rest than game time. Any reprieve in the autumn international breaks is welcome.