After an ominous start, Celtic coped well with PSG’s superstars before they retired at halftime. The midfield, in particular, looked effective. Mohamed Elyounoussi, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham were always comfortable. The latter must be wondering, what more for a regular starting place? I would not know how to answer that question.
The first half goals were irritating as inattentiveness contributed to them, taking the shine off what I thought was a really good demonstration of why we should play three at the back. I know the club are busy with recruitment targets, but the shape of the team Neil Lennon wants to play will feed into details, like how many central defenders we need. At least two, I suggest. Nir Bitton does well, especially in possession, but his instincts are not those of a central defender.
It was great to see Tom Rogic back and looking the part. We missed his presence in midfield for much of 2019, to the extent that my expectations of him have lowered. It will be interesting to see how his fitness builds from this point onwards.
Hamilton Accies a week on Sunday will be a different challenge, alas.