Celtic's performance against Dundee United today told us a number of things.
The treble bid is still on - just
Celtic's bid to land a historical treble remain in tact after today's draw. As they try to win the Scottish Premiership, Cup and League Cup, Celtic will obviously stumble occasionally - but today, the bid nearly came to an end. Ronny Deila's men had plenty of possession and territory, but couldn't find the winner; and he'll want to rectify that in the coming weeks.
Final ball a problem?
Celtic had plenty of possession - 56%, in fact - and toiled away looking for goals, having 12 shots, but one problem kept cropping up. Celtic's final ball wasn't good enough, wasting a number of promising openings with overhit or underhit passes or just poor decisions. The best ball of the day came from Stefan Johansen, whose delightful chip set up Leigh Griffiths to equalise. Anthony Stokes was particularly guilty in the first half, and it seemed that the Bhoys missed the likes of Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong and Kris Commons.
Shortage of defenders
Virgil van Dijk's red card again left Celtic lacking options in defence. Backup centre back Efe Ambrose was already covering at right back for the injured Adam Matthews and Mikael Lustig, meaning midfielder Nir Bitton had to fill in at centre back. Youngster Darnell Fisher came on in the 93rd minute, but Celtic will need to address this problem in the summer - especially with Jason Denayer seemingly on his way back to Manchester City at the end of his loan deal.
Tannadice is no paradise
Even up against nine men, Celtic still had trouble against Dundee United in what is becoming a tough place to go to. The Bhoys lost to Jackie McNamara's side in December, and stumbled again in front of a partisan crowd. Trips to Tannadice are tricky, and Celtic need to find a way of overcoming the crowd and winning there on a regular basis - especially given that they should be Celtic's biggest challengers in the coming years.
Nadir Ciftci proves his class
Back in December, the Daily Record suggested that Celtic wanted to sign Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci. Today, the former Portsmouth youngster again proved that he's a fantastic player - even if he should have been sent off early on for an altercation with Scott Brown. The 23-year-old was a thorn in Celtic's side and knew just how to get under Celtic player's skin - which may not have done him too many favours if Celtic are interested.