Now that the international break is over, Celtic can now get back to domestic business.
As Ange Postecoglou prepares to face Ross County for the lunchtime kick-off on Sunday afternoon, everything is set up for an exciting weekend of action with Rangers set to face Dundee United at Ibrox on Saturday.
The pressure is on the Ibrox side to get all three points as any slip-up will hand a massive advantage to Ange Postecoglou’s men.
With Dundee United and Ross County both fighting for their collective SPFL lives, the bottom two versus the top two means that there could be drama on the cards.
And who said the standard of the league is poor? Yeah, that old chestnut again.
While the furore of Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu’s reasons for not selecting Celtic duo Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate has died down, Hoops striker Hyeongyu Oh has was asked about the issue this week and offered a defence of the Scottish game.
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Speaking to Korean media outlet, News1 Oh said, “I have grown greatly thanks to the opposing teams who do their best in every match. SPFL defenders have excellent physique and strength. I am getting stronger while competing with such players.
“It is the opposite [of being easy]. All teams are eager to catch Celtic once in attack. To defeat such teams, we also prepare more and try to overcome them. In the process, I am also growing.
“I am getting stronger at Celtic. I will work harder and grow gradually over time.”
Should Celtic take any notice of Moriyasu’s comments?
Initially, no. We are well versed in our game being trashed. Especially from pundits and fans from across the border.
And it also seems that the snub by Moriyasu has not affected Kyogo or Hatate too much.
Where it could get concerning is if they are continually overlooked by the Japan manager but then, all they can really do is continue to do their talking on the park.
Moriyasu can only ignore them for so long, and as long as their excellent form continues, that international call will not be too far away.
From another Asian player’s perspective, he is in the perfect place to progress – so that’s heartening to hear.