Since Martin O’Neill arrived 15 years ago, the number of games Celtic have played with truly no pressure on is less than 30 (or about the same number we played the season before he arrived). There’s almost always an angle when Celtic take the field, even after the league is won, whether there’s a cup final to prepare for, or a close rival to take on (as last week), or a trophy to collect (as next week).
But not tonight. Tonight Celtic can take the field with a broader agenda than simply winning the game, we can experiment. Hopefully we’ll not see players the manager doesn’t want, and there’s little point filling the team full of mainstays of the side. Tonight is a chance of Darnell to continue his rehab, for Lukasz to give Gordon the night off, for (deep breath) Stefan Scepovic to lead the line!
Big Jason has had a fantastic season, but unless there’s enormous changes in Manchester, he’ll wave goodbye next week, so give Eoghan O’Connell a start. It’s also an occasion when Ronny might want a look at Tom Rogic. In fact, I want a look at Tom Rogic.
A change at goalkeeper, right back, central defence, centre mid and striker would give all areas of the team a fresh feel. Let’s have it.