Saturday’s win over Hamilton Accies was a classic of the pre-European genre. Batter into an early lead, then stroll around making sure you leave with the points with very little sweat on the plastic surface.
I know we want to see Celtic win these games comfortably, but we have learned the tempo of the team beats up and down. Leaving Lanarkshire with the 100% record intact and no further injuries is a satisfying weekend’s work.
Tom Rogic’s functionary return to action for the first time this season was a welcome sight. From memory, it takes Tom a while after injury to return to full sharpness, so performance expectations should be low for a few weeks.
Hamilton start each season as everyone’s favourite for relegation. They have precious few fans or resources, but their ability to scout and develop young talent puts others to shame. This season they will be comforted by the existence of Hearts in the league. At the same stage last year, it was Craig Levein’s side who were top of the table with a 100% record.
I have no beef with Levein, who appears to be an equal opportunity moaner, but he is no Robbie Neilson. The Hearts director, Craig Levein, should have a word with the Hearts manager, Craig Levein.