After a long international break, the full Celtic squad resumed training this morning, two days before the visit of Hibernian. With a depleted Hearts facing Aberdeen at the same time, a win for Celtic could see the champions go top of the table on goal difference.
Aberdeen, in seventh place, are enduring their worst start to a campaign in years. The contrast between the trauma this has caused in the north east, with the euphoria of the team in sixth place is stark. But, with the Pittodrie squad is getting back to full strength at the same time as Hearts’ has weakened. I expect a return to trend at Tynecastle on Saturday.
The next two months will not be easy for Celtic. With European commitments, we have two games per week, apart from when the majority of the squad away on international duty again next month, but the sight of Celtic at the top of the table will look ominous to the rest of the league, and quieten down some of the manufactured hysteria over our early season dropped points.