Jim McIntyre must wonder if accepting the Dundee job was his wisest move. Losing 0-5 to Celtic does not get anyone sacked, but the ease with which the champions unpicked his team was alarming.
It was a sublime performance by Celtic, but in truth, it was so easy, you could not name a player who needed to deliver a top performance. Rogic (fabulous goal), Forrest, McGregor, Sinclair and Christie dictated issues between them. By halftime, all that mattered was to complete the game without injury, a hope which was unfulfilled.
I liked what I saw of Daniel Arzani. He is reminiscent of a stockier Patrick Roberts. We will get goals from him. While Lewis Morgan treated us to the rare spectacle of taking corner kicks with both feet. The first Celtic player to do this since Lubo? This is an indicator of a deep innate ability.
While Celtic were strolling around Dens in second gear, Saturday’s opponents Hearts, were required to put a shift in to earn a point against Hibs. Neil Lennon was assaulted by a missile at Tynecastle, days after a Hearts fan brought widespread condemnation for striking a pensioner with a thrown bottle on Sunday. Although the uproar was not widespread enough to encompass the usually verbose Ann Budge. Maybe if such matters were faced full on by Hearts they would be less frequent. Neil’s former team-mate, Gary Caldwell, should consider the man has endured the most violent and persistent racist and sectarian abuse than anyone in Scotland for decades. The good humour Neil maintains is miraculous.
As we hoped in yesterday’s blog, both teams above Celtic dropped points, meaning we moved above Kilmarnock and within four points of Hearts, with a game in hand. The title push is well underway.
Releasing annual accounts on the evening of a game, that old trick! If it was me announcing a £14m loss I might do the same. Maybe pick up on this later.