Today the manager has gone with a strong starting line-up, as usual. But it’s when you look at the bench that the true power of this squad comes through. Taylor, the most improved player in the country; Starfelt, back fit; Forrest, Maeda, Kyogo and Abada to provide additional firepower if that is required at some point. It’s an embarrassment of riches.
Seven changes seems like a lot, but when you have a squad like ours why not utilise it to the fullest? That’s what Ange is doing. Guys like Turnbull can come in and not seem out of place. Bernabei comes in as a multi-million pound signing.
The strength we have is in the squad, not just some starting eleven. As I’ve written prior to this, you would be hard pressed to actually pick a best starting eleven and not chop and change it week in week out. The manager does make changes regularly, but this is to keep players from burning out and assuring that the opposition never knows who it will face.
Today we’re going up against a side we put nine past last time. They can only do better against us today, but we’ve been climbing back up the form ladder recently and they will not take it for granted that they will fare all that much better.
Our rivals must watch this team right now with grinding envy. All their problems and issues stem from the weakness of that playing squad of theirs … we just keep on getting stronger. Even when Ange talked yesterday about the possibility of departures, he did so with a smile as if he already knew who they would be and who we’d bring in.
What counts is the strength of the group. Looking at that side today you can see clearly how powerful this one has become. I am looking forward to this.
CELTIC: Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Bernabei, O’Riley, Hatate, Turnbull, Jota, Giakoumakis, Haksabanovic.
Subs: Siegrist, Taylor, Starfelt, Kyogo, Abada, Mooy, Abildgaard, Maea, Forrest