It’s never great to lose a game of football, but the 2-0 defeat to St Mirren could have came at the right time for Celtic.
Ange Postecoglou’s team were a day short of going a year unbeaten in the league before the defeat in Paisley.
It had been a perfect start to the season domestically with Celtic having won seven out of seven games but a bad day at the office put a halt to the run.
Many will argue that losing the final game before an international break is never good as players will be stewing on it for almost two weeks.
However, the next batch of fixtures before the World Cup is going to go a long way in determining the rest of Celtic’s season with the Hoops place in European football being confirmed before the break.
Postecoglou’s side will play 13 games in 43 days with momentum being key throughout that period.
The Scottish champions will be competing in three competitions meaning that having a robust squad will be crucial to getting through the batch of fixtures with there also being a Premier Sports quarter final tie amongst the games.
Celtic will have learnt lessons from the defeat against St Mirren and will know that there is zero room for complacency.
The alterations made to the squad may also make the manager think about balance when he does any changes to the starting line up.
It will be important that Celtic hit the restart button and bounce back with a victory against Motherwell at Celtic Park next weekend.