Celtic got the job done at Ross County yesterday with a performance that was far from their scintillating norm this season. This comes on the back of a home win over Hibs last time out, where again they struggled to breakdown an opponent, who on that occasion played the majority of the game with 10 men.
The games against County and Hibs were both played without Aaron Mooy and (apart from 13 minutes v Hibs) Reo Hatate. Celtic were poorer for their absence. Even defenders were less assured in possession, such are the options created for them by Reo and Aaron, not to mention their more obvious creative talents. We have learned some midfield truths these last two games.
Aaron will be back for Saturday. By then, Reo’s hamstring injury will have three weeks convalescence, which is just on the cusp of viability. Important though this game is, the Scottish Cup semi-final is the biggest game this month. I would be reluctant to jeopardise Reo for Hampden.
We don’t do this often enough, so…. great spot by VAR at Dingwall. Only Cameron Carter-Vickers saw the penalty. Sky TV’s “Shocking decision, it hit Carter-Vicker’s shoulder”, became “Shocking decision” only, when their video made it clear this was not the case. If only Sky staff watched Sky Sports their product would improve. Funny watching them squirm, I suppose.
Ah, Brendan, it was always going to end this way. Our former manager got 4 years at Leicester City before being mutual-ed out of a job yesterday. He improved Celtic immeasurably in his time here before throwing colleagues under the proverbial bus when they obstructed a bumper move to China. More on this later.