Drawing Clyde away in the next round of the Scottish Cup means eight of Celtic’s first 10 games after the winter break are away from home. Three of those games are on plastic pitches, which often results in a tactical change – and prohibits Jozo Simunovic from playing. Jozo was drafted into action on Saturday due to injuries to Ajer and Bitton.
Away fixtures piling up is a significant burden, there is no margin for error. I cannot find a similar run of games in our history, this is an unprecedented period.
I’m sure Neil Lennon was as delighted as Leigh Griffiths at the opening goal at Firhill. The manager showed faith and support to Leigh that was missing in some quarters. The player is one of the most natural goal scorers we have had in years. The space he found inside the penalty box for the goal is typical of his game-intelligence. There is more to come from our No. 9.