Unbelievably, our visitors Motherwell were the last team to take full points from Celtic at Paradise. The game played on 19th December 2015, saw The Steelmen run out 2-1 winners with a double from Louis Moult, in a game where Celtic were lucky to get away with just a single goal defeat.
In fairness the Hoops had top scorer Leigh Griffiths missing and despite having more attempts, were toothless in front of goal. Club captain Scott Brown was also missing with injury.
Much has changed since that game, but believe it or not, Brendan Rodgers could line up with the same defence that were ran ragged and bullied by the combination of Moult and Scott McDonald.
Craig Gordon was in goal with Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney at full backs. We can pretty much expect the same today. In the centre of defence was big Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata. Both were shocking that day, in fact Jozo was sent for an operation on his knee soon after.
But it’s the difference in Boyata that’s caught the eye.
The Belgian spent a long time on the sidelines in-between and has had to overcome injury and the prospect of leaving the club, to become a regular in the team. His attitude on and off the park has been commented on by Brendan Rodgers, who told him exactly what was required to establish himself as a Celtic first team player.
Dedryck has responded magnificently to become a mainstay in our defence.
At the other end of the park we no longer depend on one player to get us goals. Hit man Mousa Dembele has already scored 26 goals this season and Scott Sinclair is ripping up defences for fun.
One thing is sure, the Lanarkshire side will be quite happy to ‘mix it’, so it would make a nice change to have a whistler who will protect our players.
Can’t see a repeat of that day, the Bhoys have put 14 goals by Motherwell since that game, winning 7-0, 5-0 and 2-0.
Forecast: Celtic 3 Motherwell 0.