Following a commanding performance in Europe and no signs of a hangover as we clinically cut down Aberdeen in the Cup Semi Final yesterday, it seems normal service has resumed at Celtic.
Much has been said in the media in the last few weeks about our allegedly leaky defence and lack of cutting edge in attack. However, for me, the root of our problems since the start of the season lies in our midfield.
Scott Brown is our captain, my personal favourite player among our current team and someone who will be remembered as a club legend, whatever happens this season.
It’s undeniable though that at his age, he can’t be expected to play every game in full.
The ever-dependable Callum McGregor is the one man in the team I believe is truly undroppable, and for me the jury is still out on Olivier Ntcham.
Personally, I only think two of these three should be in our starting line up each week.
For many fans then, it becomes a question, of who to include alongside them, Tom Rogic or Ryan Christie?
So, I was pleasantly surprised last night to see Neil Lennon deploy both of them in the starting line-up, to devastating effect.
Christie’s opening strike will, in all likelihood, end up being a goal of the season contender. Rogic’s magnificent cross to create a goalscoring opportunity out of a seeming lost cause for our second goal was equally ingenious.
The two men ran the show yesterday, alongside another strong showing from our new left back Diego Laxalt.
The fact that Rogic also seems to last longer in games now, beyond the 65 minutes or so he was typically known for previously, tells me this is a rejuvenated and hungry player, with a point to prove.
The TV pundits gave Christie the man of the match award yesterday, but for me, it could just as easily have been Rogic.
Both these players have that little bit of flair and unpredictability that we lacked in recent disappointing performances.
As someone who consistently attended Celtic games from the late 90s to the mid 2000s, I really miss the likes of Lubo Moravcik, and later Shunsuke Nakamura. These were players who, even when the rest of the team was underperforming could be called upon to give us that wee bit of magic that made the difference between a disappointing draw and a victory.
Though my nostalgic notions tell me that neither Rogic nor Christie will ever match the sheer brilliance of a Lubo or a Nakamura, they can have that same impact on an otherwise flat game, as yesterday showed.
Although he wasn’t on the scoresheet, Odsonne Edouard also looked more comfortable yesterday playing as the lone striker, with Christie, Rogic and Elyounoussi all feeding off the space he created.
The manager will have a dilemma on his hands once James Forrest returns to full fitness, but for the time being, I hope he persists with this line-up. Tom Rogic got his head down, worked hard and waited for his chance. He’s now showing the same form that made him one of our most valuable assets a couple of years ago.
Long may it continue.