There’s no doubt that Celtic’s win over Aberdeen on Sunday was a real statement of intent.
The first half performance at Pittodrie was one of our best of the entire season so far. In fact, it was one of our best for a couple of years now.
Aberdeen are no mugs, especially on their own patch. To discard them so easily was a solid feat from Neil Lennon’s men, especially in the wake of Thursday’s epic win over Lazio in Europe.
Digging a little deeper into the afternoon, there are a number of curiosities that popped up.
So let’s take a lot at some of the other issues to think about coming out of the Aberdeen trip.
Is Frimpong now ahead of Bauer?
Jeremie Frimpong’s selection in the starting eleven was something of a surprise for me. Although he has obviously impressed in matches against Partick Thistle and Ross County, it felt like the Dons could be a significant step up for him.
Lennon though clearly had his trust in the teenager spot on, because he was superb throughout and even netted his first Celtic goal.
It was a man-of-the-match calibre display, with his attacking and defending a joy to watch.
With Moritz Bauer anchored on the bench, it does raise a question about Lennon’s new pecking order.
It very much seems like Frimpong is now his go to pick on the right flank, potentially on equal terms with Hatem Abd Elhamed. The youngster is not registered for Europe, so it’s important to keep the Israeli international as the priority right now.
Bauer however could find his opportunities limited over the next few months as the odd man out, especially since he’s only on loan.
Did Bayo’s display show we need Griffiths back as soon as possible?
Vakoun Bayo’s task at Celtic this season was always going to be difficult. In the shadow of the ever improving Odsonne Edouard, it seems like an impossible task to start matches regularly unless the Frenchman suffers an injury.
He has my sympathy when coming off the bench for cameos, especially when he looks a bit devoid of confidence and touch as he has done recently.
His performance against Aberdeen was a little ropey for the half hour he was on the pitch. I still have hope he can be a fine player for us, but sometimes I really would rather rely on Leigh Griffiths. He’s the more tested of the duo and a safer pair of hands.
Thankfully Griffiths looks to be on his way back to fitness. The sooner we have him available, the more content I’ll be.
Will Rogic keep his place in Lennon’s team?
Tom Rogic was in fine form against the Dons, as he usually is. The Australian, for me, is getting back to becoming the creative midfielder we know and love.
Some of his combination play in the first half was excellent and having completed another full ninety minutes will have even more fitness in his legs next time out.
Lennon spoke highly of the player in his post-match comments, telling The Daily Record: “I have to say I thought Tom Rogic just got better and better the longer the game went on. It was great to see Tom back to that level of performance because he’s an outstanding footballer.”
It suggests the player could keep his place in the team even now Ryan Christie will be available after suspension. Having both available at their best is a big boost to our squad depth.
With Rogic potentially more suited to a game like Wednesday night’s clash against St Mirren and Christie likely a superb choice for the upcoming Scottish League Cup semi-final, Lennon has great options for different occasions.