Top of the table, two wins from two and seven goals scored.
A first glance would suggest all remains rosy in Celtic’s garden as they transition from life under Ange Postecoglou to life under Brendan Rodgers.
And yet. It could best be described as a workman like display as Celtic left Pittodrie with all three points but this is a side that looks weaker than the team who finished the season as Treble winners.
It would be remiss to read too much into that at this stage of this season given that there is a fortnight remaining in the window.
But initial impressions would be that this is a team that needs fresh blood if they are to sustain a two-pronged attack on domestic and European football.
And as pertinent as it is to get players in before the end of the month, it is worth considering just who might be going out.
A fully present Reo Hatate is an asset to any team but the midfielder looks as though his heart lies elsewhere.
As history repeatedly shows, keeping players when their minds are already away rarely works out to anyone’s benefit.
There has been an increasing inevitability about Hatate hankering for the pull of the English Premier League but judging by his body language – and the fact he has yet to start a game this season – the suggestion is that he doesn’t fancy another season in Scotland.
If so, he will be a considerable loss for Rodgers.
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