Although in public it’s always one game at a time, Brendan Rodgers will be well aware of a couple of fixtures coming up towards the end of the month.
Sevco and Anderlecht away are big fixtures for Celtic’s prospects.
While the tribute act aren’t going to pose any threat in the SPFL it’s important to win at Ibrox and remind the easily deluded of the limitations of their squad, manager and debt ridden club.
Much more important is the Champions League match against Anderlecht on September 27.
For both of these games Celtic need a fully fit and focussed Scott Brown.
Returning to play for Scotland has had a detrimental impact on his club form. Even a 5% drop in standard is noticeable.
At Hamilton on Friday he looked irritable, if he had enjoyed a 13 day break rather than matches against Lithuania and Malta he would have been in better shape.
Tuesday’s match against Paris Saint Germain was his 14th of the season. At the age of 32 he needs a breather now and then to be in top condition for the most important fixtures.
Telling him to take it easy over the next couple of days, miss out on the games against Ross County and Dundee to be ready for Ibrox makes sense.
Brown doesn’t like the idea of ever missing out but in this instance he’ll know it’s for the best.
Going to Ibrox and Anderlecht in top form is essential, Rodgers has plenty of options to call in to maintain results while his skipper recharges his batteries.