Tucked in nicely behind Bayern Munich in second place in the Bundesliga, above Dortmund and comfortably ahead of Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen are in the kind of form that they have not known in 20 years. It is safe to say their trip to Glasgow this week will not cause them sleepless nights.
On returning to Germany, they have a trip to winless, 16th placed, Arminia, on Sunday. Leverkusen will doubtlessly have a sense of security about this week’s fixtures; one that few would suggest is false.
Celtic could see tomorrow’s Europa League encounter far enough. Having shipped five Premiership points in a week, domestic form is the only priority, an exhausting encounter against a top German side before Sunday’s trip to Aberdeen can only multiply Ange Postecoglou’s problems.
If anything, I could make a case for Celtic resting players ahead of Pittodrie, but that’s not how European football works. We will attempt to reestablish the form we showed early in Seville two weeks ago; that two goal lead seems a long time ago.