Reports in Italy suggest Lazio will ring the changes for Celtic Park on Thursday. They made a remarkable recovery to snatch a point after being 0-3 down to Atalanta on Saturday, with striker, Ciro Immobile, scoring two penalties.
That recovery was welcomed but the draw means Lazio sit one point and one place behind neighbours Roma, who currently occupy the last European qualification spot in Serie A. They have Fiorentina away on Sunday with only goal difference separating the teams. There are seven teams within a win of catching Lazio, you could understand if domestic games were prioritised over Europe.
Had Hearts not taken a point from Newco on Sunday, you and I might be saying the same thing. Already two points behind, the visit to Pittodrie on Sunday would feel like our most important game of the season.
Now, I’m not so sure. If we slip on Sunday, will anyone, apart from the permanently neurotic, have serious worries about our Premiership challenge? I see the argument for resting players in Europe ahead of the League Cup semi-final, but not in the league.