Five stand in successes from Celtic’s win at Ross County

When the team news was announced ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Ross County it did come as a bit of a shock to see that Brendan Rodgers had made eight changes to the team that reached the final of the League Cup.

Significantly, the three survivors were all in defence but even there there was a change of position as Mikael Lustig moved inside to partner Erik Sviatchenko in the centre.

Making wholesale switches, the onus was on each individual player to impress, which is a harder task in such circumstances than when slotting into an established, winning side.

For large chunks of the game, Ross County looked capable of taking something, but they found Craig Gordon in top form before Celtic enjoyed a late goal burst.

In the cold light of day, it’s unlikely that last night’s performance will have altered Rodgers’ thinking for Saturday’s match against Aberdeen, but the Bhoys boss has the reassurance of knowing that he has a handful of fringe players are ready to step in and maintain standards.