We seldom see squad management in action just as starkly as the have over the last week. Brendan Rodgers rested players in each of our last two games. We banked six points and the manager will consider it a productive exercise. David Turnbull opened the scoring in both games, James Forrest, Luis Palma and Oh all scored, while Kyogo and Cameron Carter-Vickers each missed out on a starting line-up.
Odin Holm came back into the team, Tony Ralston returned to the scene in Dingwall, while Yang made an impactful appearance on the bench against St Mirren, rewarded with a starting place at Ross County. The only two outfield players who were not rested for a minute were Liam Scales and Greg Taylor, an indication of their importance to the team during this period.
Oh desperately needed gametime and a goal, he scored a second across the two games, but the effort was ruled out by a ridiculous VAR decision. If we were not ahead and so much better than the rest, the VAR situation would be a real worry.
Brendan’s primary objective would be to keep as much energy in the legs as possible ahead of tomorrow’s game in Madrid, where Atletico have the advantage of playing their most recent game on Friday, two days before Celtic were in action.
The secondary objective could be even more important to the season. Oh, Holm, Paulo Bernardo, Yang and others all need to develop as Celtic players. We will need to lean on them to get the job done.