Another tough away trip beckons for Celtic and Ange Postecoglou.

The manager ended the club's eight-month run without an away win before the international break but they find themselves out on their travels again.

An in-form Motherwell are their opponents, sitting two places above the Parkhead side in the Premiership table.

It promises to be an entertaining affair and one which Celtic head into with an improving bill of health.

Postecoglou put his players through a final session on Friday ahead of their short journey to Fir Park.

Here's five things we spotted from the session.

Bitton's chance?

He's been the man for emergencies in recent seasons but there may just be a more regular opportunity arising for Nir Bitton.

The Israeli international was deployed at the base of midfield for that victory over Aberdeen, allowing captain Callum McGregor to push slightly higher.

Bitton likely won't be the long-term solution in midfield but there were signs he could help bring better balance to the engine room in a deep-lying role, at least until the January transfer window opens.

He's a man so used to flying under the radar he's even become hard to spot in that pulled-up snood.

Kyogo fit and firing

There's probably no player Celtic fans were more relieved to see return fit from international commitments, given how they were without their star striker in a difficult few weeks.

It was with Japan that Kyogo Furuhashi picked up his last injury but he was fighting fit at Lennoxtown on Friday.

Postecoglou talked up Giorgos Giakoumakis in his pre-Motherwell press conference and if the striker is ready for a more regular role, it'll be intriguing to see if Kyogo is moved to accommodate him.

All his best performances have come through the middle, however, and he offers unique attributes that, even on the limited evidence so far, Giakoumakis doesn't possess.

But having variety in your forward line is no bad thing - Celtic have certainly lacked a plan B at times - and news of the Greek forward's improved fitness bodes well going forward.

Ange cracks a smile

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 15: Ange Postecoglou during a Celtic training session at Lennoxtown, on October 15, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

It seems lighting all those candles paid off for Postecoglou - it was impossible to wipe the smile off the manager's face at training.

International breaks are an anxious time for domestic bosses and the Celtic boss was praying for the unscathed return of a number of his players, lest the spate of absentees which has dogged his early tenure continue into the next run of fixtures.

But he was able to report a clean bill of health and, coupled with the positive talks with Michael Nicholson he revealed earlier, it seems like the manager feels he's in a good place.

It must feel hugely welcome for Postecoglou to cast an eye over a squad not stripped back to the bare bones, and he'll hope this is a sign of things to come.

That hard-earned win at Pittodrie will have helped too, but he won't get to dine out on that victory for long as Fir Park beckons.

Giakoumakis ready to go?

It's speculation, of course, but Postecoglou singling out his summer signing from VVV Venlo at his press conference could hint at his involvement on Saturday.

The manager seemed confident Giorgos Giakoumakis can make a quick impact now he's had plenty of time to work on the training field.

It's been a less-than ideal start for the 26-year-old, who arrived short of fitness and has since been dogged by niggling injuries.

But he could get the chance to show what he can do, at least from the bench, this weekend.

He's a totally different proposition to Kyogo and looks to be carrying himself with more confidence, as his manager suggested.

Johnston's back

A brief cameo against Livingston has been the extent of Mikey Johnston's involvement this season but he too could add another dimension to Postecoglou's attack this weekend.

The manager has often been left with few game-changing options when things aren't going to plan, but that's beginning to change.

How much he can rely on Johnston's fitness remains to be seen, regardless of the winger's undeniable talent.

He was right in the thick of Friday's session to further emphasise the return of some form of depth to the Celtic squad.