The dream of the UEFA Champions League is over for another year at the very least for Ronny Delia’s Celtic following defeat at the hands of Malmo – but life goes on and the Parkhead club will welcome Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone to the East End of Glasgow this afternoon.
Saints will travel in good heart, following their first win of the season last weekend - a 2-1 success over Motherwell at McDiarmid Park.
The Perth men are unbeaten in their last two clashes with Celtic – and indeed won courtesy of a stunning Danny Swanson strike on their last visit to Celtic Park.
Tommy was of course all too aware of Celtic’s midweek travails – but recognised that it is a position Ronny Delia’s men have faced before.
“I would hope Celtic would have a hangover from their European setback in midweek – but they’re professional, they have a massive squad of some depth and they’ve coped in recent years with coming back from European games,” said Wright.
“The next one’s always difficult – but they’ve learned to cope with that.”
The Ulsterman was in no doubt as to the task confronting his side.
He added; “I’m expecting a tough game – but we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we’re ready.
“I always feel that – going to a place like Celtic Park – you’ve got to have nine or ten players at the top of their game.
“You can’t be carrying five or six passengers. You’ve got to play well and keep possession which we’ve done in the last couple of games against them.
“We’re looking forward to it. It’s a game where no-one expects us to get anything out of it – but we’re confident we can go there and get a positive result.”
Nadir Ciftci will serve the last match of his six-game suspension whilst Mikael Lustig remains unavailable through injury.
Meanwhile with the end of the transfer window rapidly approaching Celtic have made a £500,000 bid for talented Inverness youngster – Ryan Christie.
In the Europa League the Parkhead men have drawn in the same group as Ajax, Fenerbahce and Molde.