Again, half the goals came from the right wing, but the midfield engine was where the win came from in Motherwell last night. In this form, Reo Hatate is a sublime joy. He was able to control play, take as much time as he wanted on the ball, and continually find angles for Celtic to create the triangles that allow them to break the lines so effectively.
Matt O’Riley is thriving in his new deep-mid position. He seems to enjoy a tackle more than Callum McGregor, when playing the same role. Just like Callum, he has the acceleration to cover the pitch, offering protection to a defence that overwhelmingly wants to press forward.
He is still learning the position, which doubtlessly caused his laxity in distribution. Advanced midfielders have more scope to play ambitious passes than those who play 40 yards from their own goal. Matt wasn’t punished for errors on this occasion.