We are in uncharted territory in this Rangers-less SPL. Celtic have excelled in Europe and are coasting to an inevitable victory domestically but still find themselves castigated by the fans and the manager on the occasions such as Saturday when the performance isn't up to scratch.
Although it is clearly difficult for the players psychologically to maintain their level with the league such a formality, it might be time for Neil Lennon to go back to the tried and trusted to get him over the line.
Although the Northern Irishman's hand was forced due to injury and availability after the club's Champions League exit, experimenting with personnel and formations can wait for a week or two. On pitches such as the one at the Global Energy Stadium on Saturday, the dependable 4-4-2 shape which has been the club's default setting might have served him better.
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THE side which faced Ross County had five changes - some enforced, others through choice - from the XI that lined up in Turin.
But it remained a very recognisable team, full of the tried and, in the main, trusted.
The fringe men who did come in, including Dylan McGeouch, Rami Gershon and Miku, did not take the chance to shine.
Contrast that with the side Neil Lennon put out against Inverness on their previous trip to the Highlands as they prepared to face Juventus for the first time.
Rare starts were given to Marcus Fraser, Tom Rogic and Paddy McCourt – and they won 3-1.
The title is just awaiting a delivery date, so the door is open to bring in more fresh faces, like Rogic, Fraser, Joe Chalmers, Bahrudin Atajic and John Herron.
They will provide the injection of enthusiasm and energy which is lacking.