As the international break continues, we have the opportunity to assess the club’s transfer business as well as Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s present performance.

So far, the majority of the assessments has been favourable; from the style of play to the current crop of acquisitions, it appears that the reconstruction will not take as long as many expected.

Chris Sutton, a former Celtic striker, has been writing in his column, and it’s fair to say that, as an open and honest critic of the club, his reaction has been pleasantly favourable.

“But you have to take it from the baseline of last season. Celtic were woeful last term, so do they look better equipped now?

“You better believe it.

“Perhaps I’m going soft in my old age but I think Celtic are ahead of where we thought they would be.

“That might sound mad after a derby defeat, but when you look at the mess Postecoglou had to mop up, I think he’s performed a minor miracle getting the side competitive at this stage and getting them to the Europa League.

“They were a whisker away from beating Rangers last week and they will only improve as the new faces settle.

“It was always going to take him more than one window but no one can say the likes of Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada and Joe Hart haven’t made an impact.”

Sutton is cheerful despite the fact that the team was knocked out of the Champions League early and lost the first Glasgow Derby of the season, leaving the Hoops three points behind their rivals.

But I have to admit that we are well ahead of schedule, and it appears that this season may end up being unpleasant after all.