Once Partick Thistle equalised, it was clear Celtic had plenty of spare gears to move through. The game went to plan for the champions, even down to the manner in which the Thistle goal was lost. Both central defenders left themselves open to criticism, highlighting the glaring deficiency in the team right now. Whether the Belgian will play little or any part in the solution remains to be seen.
In five weeks, we face St Johnstone in the League Cup quarter final. Cup games away from home are never the easiest, but by then we will have had a chance to flex our muscles in the title race, wetting the appetite for a challenge in the cups.
Artificial pitches are disliked by footballers for various reasons, so I have sympathy for the Newco manager, who yesterday called for them to be kept from top flight games, as they are in England and formerly were in Scotland. They are cheap to maintain and provide an income for clubs, who hire them out, but the technology is still not up to the job.
How long before Motherwell, St Mirren, St Johnstone and others make the move?
What was it got Kenny Millar sacked by Livingston after two league games? Results, tactical competency? Or, judging by his mannerisms at Celtic Park two weeks ago, maybe a publicly overbearing attitude towards his players.