Before the Scottish Premiership season, there seemed to be a general consensus in most quarters that Celtic would win their 10th successive title in 20/21.
However, with each passing week and each ponderous performance (Hibernian aside), that sense of the season being a forgone conclusion is long gone.
A Glasgow Derby match was the day that Celtic and Neil Lennon were presented with the opportunity to put down a marker and show Rangers and their detractors that they were still the team to beat and that results matter more than performances.
Today, was not that day for Neil Lennon and Celtic. In fact, today was the day the forgone conclusion became a questionable reality.
No fans were inside Celtic Park for today’s match. On the pitch, Celtic showed no intensity with no shots on target. Stark statistics for a side that have been utterly dominant in recent years.
Neil Lennon has been questioned tactically by many observers over the years and with his current side he seems to have settled on a 3-5-2 system and with his personnel, that may be seen as understandable given that he has four available strikers that Celtic have paid considerable fees for.
Those questions will continue to mount up and it’ll be interesting to see which answers Celtic can produce in the next few weeks.
As for Steven Gerrard and Rangers, the momentum is with them and their performances so far this season (Livingston aside) have been impressive.
European performances under Gerrard have been consistently good throughout his tenure and now the challenge for him and his side is to produce similar form in the league over the course of season.
These are early days yet of course and the marathon of 20/21 isn’t even at the half way point yet but for Celtic, there are far more questions than answers already.