Oliver Burke did not feature for Scotland in their 2-0 win over San Marino.
The Celtic winger played in the dismal defeat to Kazakhstan on Thursday.
However, his no show in San Marino could actually benefit Celtic ahead of next Sunday’s clash with Rangers.
Burke’s omission from international duty should leave him rested ahead of the derby.
The on loan attacker has certainly made an impact since signing from West Brom in January. He has played mainly as a central striker, a new position to him.
He has adapted well and for all his faults, above all he’s a handful to play against.
His pace is electric, and Celtic fans will be dying to see him up against that Rangers backline.
Although he did not feature against San Marino, Burke will be fully fit and raring to go next week.
These are the games he came to Celtic to play in, and it is expected Neil Lennon will plump for him again.
He has been an almost permanent fixture since his loan move. Whether he plays centrally or on the wing, it’s expected that he’ll take to the field against Rangers.
Run, Oliver, Run!
Celtic’s best tactic to defeat Rangers next week is to attack them from the first whistle. Burke’s directness and his pace can be used to great effect.
He can stretch the Rangers defence, which is far from perfect. They have yet to show they can handle the type of pace which Burke possesses.
Record signing Odsonne Edouard certainly has the knack for popping up with derby goals.
However, Celtic’s on-loan Baggie could be the man who fires them 13 points clear in the league.