I’m not even sure what to do in this type of scenario. Do you sit back and contain or go out and try to win the game?
We’ve been humbled in Europe by smaller or unknown teams over the years with similar results. If you’re of the correct age you’ll still bear the scars.
I think it is fair to say that most fans were surprised by the 5-0 scoreline last week. It was a close encounter with Astana last year so a 2-0 or 3-0 would have been more than satisfactory for the everyone.
There were some notable individual performances at Celtic Park. Overall it wasn’t a walk in the park.
The team had to grind out those goals and got a rare rub of the green into the bargain. That sort of luck has eluded our club in Europe more times than I care to mention.
We must take confidence from that because the players never gave up. The team work was admirable.
Whilst Astana had thrown in the towel, Celtic kept going. It is that sort of effort that will serve us well in Europe.
Tonight we need more of the same. In the media, Astana’s head coach has already conceded the tie, but Celtic won’t be taking anything for granted.
It isn’t impossible to overturn such a margin. Celtic have come close to doing so themselves in the past.
So there is no way in the world that Brendan Rodgers will go into this one unprepared. Celtic still need to work hard in Europe and doing so away from home this evening will be an invaluable exercise for the rest of the European campaign.
Good luck Bhoy’s.