Rangers legend Kris Boyd reckons Celtic struggled for creative inspiration for the first time under Ange Postecoglou in their 2-0 defeat to St Mirren.

And the Sky pundit was shocked to see attacking superstar Jota on the bench when he was set for a rest during the international break.

The Portuguese is yet to be involved with his national team so was essentially facing a two weeks of rest and recuperation but was rotated out in Paisley.

The Hoops face Motherwell this afternoon in Paradise and Boyd reckons it will be interesting to see how they react to the unusual setback.

He told The Scottish Sun: "I’m also curious to see how Celtic react to losing in the Premiership for the first time in a year.

"They threw Rangers a lifeline when suffering defeat at St Mirren prior to the international break.

"Ange Posetcoglou decided to give a number of players a break and I could understand some of his calls

"It made sense to give Josip Juranovic a rest when he had international games coming up while Cameron Carter-Vickers was nursing a knock.

"For the life of me I couldn’t get my head around Jota not starting.

"It would have made more sense to give Callum McGregor a day off.

"I just wouldn’t contemplate ever leaving Jota out given that he doesn’t play international football.

"Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada are two terrific players, but they are very similar. They take the opposition out of the game mainly with their pace.

"What Jota offers is trickery as well and that is what is required when teams like St Mirren sit deep and don’t afford you any space in behind.

"Fair play to Saints boss Stephen Robinson because he got his tactics spot on and they did extremely well to nullify Celtic.

"That was the first time for as long as I can remember that Postecoglou’s team ran out of ideas.

"It has been plain sailing domestically for a while now and it will be interesting to see how he reacts. Though I expect them to get the three points this afternoon."