We always think of ourselves as on the side of the underdog. Tomorrow, we are the protagonist against the world’s underdog. It does not matter that Shakhtar Donetsk are seeded higher than us, or recorded the kind of win in Germany last week that no Celtic team has ever been able to dream of, the world wants them to win.
Thousands of Ukrainian war refugees will pack into the Municipal Stadium, Warsaw, to express their strong nationhood and support Shakhtar. It will be an incredibly emotional night for all of them.
The first thing Ange Postecoglou and his players must do is consign all of that to the bin. They need to find similar oceans of resources available to their opponents. If we are not suitably aggressive against a formidable team, we will lose and face an uphill challenge to remain in Europe after the group stage. Draw, and progress to the Champions League knockout stages remains open.
What happens on the park will be determined by what happens in the minds of the Celtic players. To match Shakhtar, we must be compassionless, clinical and unforgiving. Sentiment and comradeship can wait until fulltime.