Celtic coach John Barnes was pleased with the points and also with the performances of fringe men Blinker
, Dimitri Kharine and Petrov.
And Macca certainly made a better job of it than Blinker
, who seemed to irritate the home crowd by dithering too long.
Whether or not Blinker
plays against Hibs, he believes that Celtic will have to ditch the silky soccer that so often succeeds at Parkhead to dig out a result in Edinburgh.
That's certainly the case now but it wasn't always that way as Blinker
struggled to find his fitness and form last season and also in the first half of the current campaign.
Gould 7; Boyd 7, Hannah 6 (Wieghorst 6), McNamara 6, Rieper 6, Stubbs 7, Larsson 8, Burley 5, Donnelly 4, (Thom 4), Lambert 5, Blinker
That is an achievement in itself as Blinker
would have had reason to feel tongue-tied in the presence of the former England and Liverpool player whom he admired so much as a boy.
Out on the left edge of the box Blinker
tried a speculative shot.
The reborn Blinker
fired over the flag kick and Riseth rose high above McPherson to crash a header into the net virtually unopposed.
, who is back in the Celtic side after injury, is looking forward to this match for another reason, as he faces an old Dutch adversary in Motherwell right back Michel Doesburg.
Seven minutes later Blinker
pulled the ball back for a Larssen, but the Swede took an extra touch and Cameron sprinted back to intercept.
But the strips should be visible low on horses' snouts even if they wear blinker