CELTIC have played four competitive matches this season and the contrast in their performances has been vivid: Champions League good, Clydesdale Bank Premier League mediocre.
When they needed a goalkeeper's error to secure a late win over Aberdeen on day one of their league defence manager Neil Lennon said their display had been "flat". When an even later goal was required to salvage a point against Ross County he described them as "pedestrian". Flat, pedestrian: these are early days but so far Celtic have vindicated suspicions that they will often find it hard to lift themselves and consistently play to a high standard in a title race devoid of competitive tension.
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