After exploiting the inadequacies of Aberdeen and Newco with 10 men in consecutive league games, it was all a bit ineffective against 10-man Motherwell yesterday. This game encapsulated so much of the football we watch: how to generate clear scoring chances against defences that stick to task and do not make mistakes.
The one gilt-edged chance we made was a late counterattack, when Motherwell had the audacity to try to win the game. The script was written for Scott Sinclair, whose first touch was sublime, but his shot fell victim to a lunging defensive block. The lesson, surely, when facing Celtic, is not to venture too far up the park.
Brendan should reflect on this when next we face tier-one Champions League opponents. If Motherwell can stop Celtic, Celtic can do likewise to the PSGs of this world. How to unlock a packed defence is another story.