As fans, we all like to think we know what we are talking about. Then, now and again, we’re happy to leave decisions up to the man paid the big money to take them. Brendan Rodgers told the media yesterday that Cameron Carter-Vickers could be in the squad for tonight’s game against Lazio. What a thought.
Liam Scales and Nat Phillips are the alternatives. Scales is fully fit and will play, Phillips, on the other hand, has had only 74 minutes gametime this season and, like Cameron, must still be well short of his peak. I am not convinced either of them have 90 minutes in their legs.
If you are reading far from Celtic Park, it is a miserably wet and windy Scottish day, the contrast with the climate we saw at the golf in Rome at the weekend is considerable. Everything about Glasgow will feel foreign to the Lazio players. Those of us at the game tonight have a role to play in this. It will be a long 90 minutes against a team better than anyone we will face in domestic football. Patience and support is required.
These are the games players leave their homes in Japan to live in Scotland for. They are what we all aspire to and what we measure our progress against across the seasons. Enjoy your night.