It was as though a light switch had been flicked. Celtic produced a devastating display of football that blew Dundee away. The contrast from Tynecastle of Denmark just a week earlier could not be more marked. In truth, losing by six goals flattered the newly promoted side.
Kyogo Furuhashi was irresistible. He was like a gyroscope, moving left-to-right, dropping deep and making timed runs into the box with devastating consequences. Liel Abada and David Turnbull had a focus for their quick forward passing. Gone was the Ryan Christie who snatched at chances, replaced by the Ryan Christie who opened the defence with darting movement and passing, recording three assists in the process.
Callum McGregor dropped to the deep midfield position in place of Ismaila Soro, the captain had a big role in how quickly Celtic kept the ball moving.
Ange Postecoglou is still working on his defence, which looked nervy on occasion. Dundee should have done better with a header from a corner kick that David Turnbull was out-muscled at. The corner was conceded by Carl Starfelt when he lunged to atone for not getting his head on a long ball forward. Mistakes lead to set pieces, which have too often led to goals.
It was my first game since St Mirren in March 2020. It was a joy to be back. My usual seat is in the back row of the North Stand, but for this one, I was in Row C, at the front of the Lisbon Lions’. In all the years Celtic Park has been in its current configuration, I never knew how wet the front of that stand can get. More importantly, the video advertising hoardings blocked visibility of the near six-yard box. I’ll stop complaining about the permanent gales 142 steps into the sky.