Well, as normal as it's going to get this season. Celtic went to the summit of the SPL last night for the first time this term with an impressive win over Motherwell at Fir Park. It is impossible to envisage anyone being capable of knocking them off their perch between now and May.
Celtic dismissed Motherwell with a couple of first-half goals, Gary Hooper notching his fifth of the week while Adam Cummins was so spooked with the Englishman breathing down his neck in the six-yard box that he turned a Scott Brown ball across the face of the goal into his own net.
The Celtic captain could even afford to miss a penalty in the second period without it having any lasting effect on the Parkhead side. By that point Cummins' misery had been compounded with a straight red card and Motherwell had long sported the hang-dog look of a side who know they are beaten.
It has been a staccato start to the league campaign for Neil Lennon's men, who had drawn twice and lost once before yesterday's outing. But for all that they have take time to warm to the task of conquering a league that is expected to yield little resistance this term, they have a depth and a substance that bodes well for the two-pronged European and domestic duel they are now in the midst of. For the first time during this domestic season, Celtic looked formidable.
Domestic matters taken care of, they now go to Russia for their UEFA Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday evening. Questions will be asked of them there that Motherwell seem perennially unable to demand of either half of the Old Firm.
The Fir Park side were, frankly, as woeful against Celtic yesterday as they were against Rangers midweek. Cowed and intimidated, the minute Celtic got their noses in front, Stuart McCall's side were never coming back.
"I thought we were brilliant from start to finish," beamed Lennon afterwards. "In my time here both as a player and as manager, that's the best we have played at Fir Park."
Such a one-sided affair may not be ideal preparation for a Champions League game that will stretch and test Celtic, but from Lennon's point of view there was much to be pleased with, particularly the clever play from the attacking triumvirate of Kris Commons, Hooper and James Forrest.
Forrest's movement without the ball and intelligence with it always raises the possibility that he can make something happen.
With Forrest on the right, Commons on the left and Hooper drilling through the middle, Celtic were able to terrorise Motherwell at will. Cummins will have nightmares about the manner in which he was repeatedly turned inside out by the Celtic forward line.
Commons has rediscovered the confidence and buoyancy of his early Celtic career. He was pivotal to this victory, dropping inviting balls repeatedly in behind the Motherwell defence.
When Hooper got himself on the end of one of them, Commons used his first touch to pass Shaun Hutchinson and then swept the ball past the exposed Darren Randolph.
Motherwell ought to have seen it coming; the same move had been played out just minutes before, though Zaine Francis-Angol had been able to get a desperate tackle in at the last minute.
Motherwell offered precious little, with Tom Hateley's fortuitous long effort that sailed harmlessly high and wide the solitary glimpse they offered of attacking play.
In the middle of the park they allowed Victor Wanyama and Brown to control the tempo, while Celtic's full-backs spent more time in the Motherwell half than they did their own. By the time they had gone down to ten men courtesy of Cummins' dismissal, Celtic were rampant going forward, although they were guilty of frequent profligacy in front of goal, including Brown's too-casual penalty.
The Hoops captain will take a back-seat from spot-kick duties now with goalkeeper Fraser Forster, among others offering to take them.
"There was a big debate in the dressing room after the game about who is taking them, and even big Fraser put his hand up." Lennon added. "Sometimes that isn't a bad option. But it's not a major issue for me."
Georgios Samaras, Miku and Joe Ledley were all introduced to the fray as Lennon turned his attention to Moscow.
He is astute enough to know that his side will be required to do much more than simply break sweat on Tuesday night.
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