Today is big for Celtic with potential points swing on the line

By John McGinley

October 1, 2022

It’s been a long couple of weeks since the Celtic defeat to St Mirren, the last time Ange Postecoglou’s team took to the pitch.

Since then, the manager has completed a PR tour in Australia, a number of Celtic players have either excelled or picked up injury knocks on international duty, and the desire to get back on track with a win against Motherwell has only grown.

It’d be wrong to call the defeat in Paisley damaging to Celtic’s season. We are still top of the league, after all, with lots to play for in Europe.

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But it was a reminder that everything is earned in the Scottish Premiership and that every team is looking at the Bhoys as a potential scalp. Have an off day, and that’s what can happen.

Today feels especially big when you take a look at what’s in store elsewhere in the league too. Rangers travel to Hearts for an incredibly tricky away game from which the home side will fancy earning points.

That all takes place before Celtic’s kick-off against Motherwell, so everyone will know the context of the 3pm kick-off. It’ll either be about moving back top of the league, or capitalising on a poor Rangers result and initiating another points swing.

Given the Ibrox side’s away form, you wouldn’t say the latter is especially far-fetched, meaning this could be a pivotal weekend.

More than anything though, it just needs to be about Celtic putting that poor display against St Mirren behind them. Everyone has accepted it wasn’t good enough – from the manager to the players and the fans. If we come out of today with a comfortable win, that’d be grand.

Anything else is a bonus.

In other news, No fear for Motherwell coach despite tall order awaiting against Postecoglou’s Celtic.