As Salzburg dropped two points against (still) bottom of the table Admira, Celtic were irresistible on Saturday. The Austrians visit Glasgow on Thursday before their two-month winter break kicks in after Sunday’s league game against third placed St Polten. Brendan Rodgers will be quietly confident at the start of an important week.
It must be 20 years since Celtic beat their nearest title rivals 5-1. The demolition of Kilmarnock knocked the Ayrshire side off top spot (they now sit third on goal difference). Add to the fact that Celtic twice hit the woodwork and you get a sense of the chasm between the champions and the rest. It also illustrates why Brendan Rodgers was right to rest players at Fir Park on Wednesday, despite dropping two points.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Celtic FC Foundation Bucket Collection on Saturday and especially those who volunteered to carry a bucket. The rain before kick-off was torrential and while some managed to do their collecting undercover, those who would not be persuaded to shelter from the elements deserve our gratitude. They will still be trying to dry out.
I heard from one volunteer, “There’s a good vibe about this club”. And how.