Having established a three point lead in the league, Neil Lennon will not want to allow the chasing pack daylight when Celtic face Hamilton Accies on Saturday, but the manager will surely rest players ahead of the game in Rennes on Thursday. There are few enough benefits of playing in a league with clubs with the resource levels of Hamilton, so we have to take the advantages when they arrive.
The major area of concern is in central defence. Jozo Simunovic’s knee continues to keep him out of the team. Nir Bitton pulled his hamstring at Ibrox and is likely to miss another couple of weeks. Kris Ajer missed the Ibrox game after suffering a groin strain against AIK, we could do with his ability on the ball in France.
If Celtic can take all three points they will extend their lead on one or both of their nearest challengers, as Livingston play Newco later that day. Those two sit within a point of each other ahead of the chasing pack. Which would be nice.
Happy 80th birthday to our own Connaire12, from all your pals on CQN. Paint Greenock green tonight!