For years my brother has gone on to me about the importance of on-field partnerships. Not just in central defence, or (back in the day) up front, but between the full back and the winger in front of him.
Due to injuries in central defence and the fact that the manager has so many winger options, we have not seen many partnerships blossom this season, so Saturday presented a welcome change. While James Forrest deservedly took the limelight for his hat trick, it was done the left Celtic were most able to ragdoll Hibs into submission.
Sead Haksabanovic and Alexandro Bernabei looked like they had played together for years. We only saw 45 minutes of them, before Haksabanovic was rested, but in that time, they repeatedly demonstrated how in-sync their pass and run game was. All three of our first half goals gestated on the left.
Our season started with seven victories, each by two goals or more. That period of comfortable wins came to an end when Champions League football started, after which, Celtic won two from seven, both by single goal margins.
The energy exerted on Saturday compared to the any of the previous seven games, when we had to battle for every ball until the final whistle, is significant. Even luxuries, like being able to rest Haksabanovic, who had gone into the Hibs game carrying a knock, contribute to the well-being of the squad.
For those of us who remain concerned at our energy levels, early wins are doubly welcome.