According to the Hibs boss, his team intends to come to Celtic Park and actually play football. What a change that will be from sides who come to put eleven men behind the ball and hope to leave with a point.
It will be refreshing. It will also be dangerous.
Celtic is the proverbial wounded animal at the moment, and nothing would get us back on track better than slapping a team who were game enough to come and try and match us in the attacking sense.
I am glad Hibs are doing it, but can’t help thinking it’s doomed.
We have always been able to rely on Hibs at least coming to have a go. They are not a side which was ever built on sitting back. It is no coincidence that Rodgers struggled against them above all other teams in the league; they caught that team on the hop more than once. They are always a good side to watch, and to play against.
But this time I definitely think it works in our favour that they are promising to be gung-ho. That will give us spaces to exploit, and this team just needs to be clinical at that point.
O’Riley guards the defence well; he’s been good in the last two games. The Jenz-Carter Vickers partnership looks solid. So Hibs will have to be very good if they intend to hurt us.
I am looking forward to the game. In a perverse way, I always do after a defeat. I always feel it’s important to get back to the job and start winning again.
I just hope that we aren’t going to have another of those afternoons where we’re made to sweat.
Because if Hibs do decide to attack us and we don’t scare early the old nerves could start to creep in, and then as good as our squad is it could be a long afternoon. I suspect not.
I think we’ll score an early goal, settle everyone down and put on a show.