Date: 21st August 2016 at 7:06pm
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The similarities between the game with Hapoel three days earlier were obvious as some patterns began to emerge in Celtic’s play during the 4-2 win at St Johnstone.

Without doubt there is plenty of pace, imagination and finishing ability when Celtic push forward, 14 goals from 3 games being a reasonable return from the performances that the team puts in.

At the back however there are concerns although as Brendan Rodgers pointed out his back four is exceptionally youthful with only Kolo Toure knowing his way around the business.

From the dug out it is obvious that we have a manager of substance, someone that reads the game well, reacts to what he sees and gets the best out of his squad of players.

The substitution of Leigh Griffiths was telling, while he had again produced the goods with an erratic referee like Craig Thomson there is always the possibility of danger. As he left the pitch Rodgers held onto the striker for some telling words no doubt explaining exactly why he had been replaced.

There was no real new messages emerging from the match, more a reinforcement of what we have picked up already this season. If the progress continues in Tuesday’s match against Hapoel then a whole new chapter and challenge will emerge.

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