You’d be hard pressed to find too many positives presenting themselves to Celtic following the fiasco over full-back Boli Bolingoli.
The disgraced defender’s trip to Spain, and lack of quarantining thereafter, put himself and Celtic in hot water.
Neil Lennon’s men were told to sit out for a week – missing games against St. Mirren and Aberdeen – and will now have to fit those matches into an already crammed schedule.
Added to this, we could be as many as 11 points off the top by the time we next play a league game.
That wouldn’t be a pretty sight.
Lennon now has time to work with Celtic stars
However, when scrambling for any sort of positive, one emerged in my mind.
Given the nature of our woeful display at Kilmarnock, Neil Lennon probably feels he could do with some extra time on the training pitch to work with his squad. He now has that.
Over nine days will have passed by the next time we enter the field against KR Reykjavik. And that match should be viewed as a pretty routine encounter, and even a chance for further experimentation.
We may only be a few weeks into the new season, but this little break will give Lennon and his players a chance to push the reset button.
We’ve seen the benefit in doing that in Dubai in recent seasons. A little bit of time to work on some things isn’t always bad, amid the usual grind of games every few days.
That challenging schedule will soon arrive. But Celtic may be in a far better place when it does.
By the time the players take to the field at Tannadice, nearly two weeks will have passed since their last league game.
They should be hungry and raring to go. That could make them very dangerous indeed.