Route 66

Just when I thought the bubble was about to burst, Celtic go a claw it back. A 1-1 draw allowed Brendan Rodgers’ players to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to 4 points (following Aberdeen’s capitulation at Ibrox) and a domestic unbeaten run to 66 games.

Mikael Lustig’s 78th minute own goal was beginning to look like Fir Park would be the ground where things would turn sour for Celtic once again. Then Callum McGregor won a penalty in the 87th minute much to the disappointment of the SMSM.

The spot kick was converted by Scott Sinclair, the Celtic player involved in Sunday’s controversial decision at Hampden. Was this a penalty or was it the wrong decision?

From the poor footage I’ve seen, it’s very unclear. I wasn’t happy with the cup final penalty, but this one I can’t judge because there simply isn’t enough video evidence from the Celtic TV footage.

Motherwell may feel they’ve been robbed again, but in the two meetings they’ve had with Celtic this season so far, they’ve yet to put the ball in the net themselves. I still maintain the Lanarkshire club a team on the up so on the whole I’m pretty happy Celtic got the draw.

A third game against the Steelmen takes place at Celtic Park on Saturday. I’d like to see this one marked up as an early win. 

In preparation for Anderlecht on Tuesday, Celtic need to set themselves up in a positive manner. It’s a tough schedule ahead for the Hoops and an equally crucial phase for success this season. 

With the squad reduced to a much more manageable size it is easier to see where the weaknesses are. Injury and form are obvious contributors, but after this full-on period, strengthening is a must for Brendan in January.

I’m still impressed by what I’m seeing, but an injection of personnel in the right areas, along with a winter break for Scotland’s best team, will allow Brendan Rodgers to make strides. Every team is out their to stop the invincibles and Celtic must rise to the challenge…at home and abroad. 

Hail! Hail! 

Stevie Mac

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