CELTIC supporters are still reeling in the fall-out of the six-goal hammering in Madrid this week.

However, Hoops fans can take heart as the champions prepare to face Aberdeen in the Premiership at Parkhead on Sunday.

The team have proved in the past they can bounce back from landslide losses in Europe’s elite arena.

Brendan Rodgers’ side collapsed to a 7-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on November 22 2017 – but still won silverware only four days later, the Irishman’s fourth successive domestic honour after succeeding Ronny Deila in May the pevious year.

NUMBER ONE…James Forrest runs away in triumph after scoring the opening goal in the 2017 League Cup Final win over Motherwell.

NUMBER TWO…Moussa Dembele hammers in a penalty-kick to make certain the League Cup returns home to Parkhead.

Celtic players had to dust themselves down and go again when they were due to play Motherwell in the League Cup Final at Hampden on Sunday November 26.

They responded magnificently to triumph 2-0 with goals from James Forrest and Moussa Dembele (pen). The team went on to lift the title and the Scottish Cup in the same campaign to seal historic back-to-back trebles.

Their worst home defeat in Europe also came against the Frenchmen, Neymar et al, on September 12 2017 when they folded to an embarrassing 5-0 capitulation under the lights in the east end of Glasgow.

They maintained focus, though, to pick up three crucial league points when they overcame Ross County 4-0 at Parkhead in the next game.

HAMPDEN HERO…Callum McGregor proudly holds the newly-won League Cup in 2017.

Rodgers also saw his team lose 7-0 in Barcelona on September 13 2016 – only three days after celebrating his derby debut victory with a 5-1 home success over the Ibrox side when Dembele ran amok with a perfect hat-trick.

After the loss in the Camp Nou, their next game was the tricky fixture in the Highlands against Inverness Caley Thistle where only a last-minute equaliser denied them a 2-1 win.

Now Rodgers and his players have Barry Robson’s Dons in their sights as they go into the encounter with the Pittodrie side with an eight-point advantage at the Premiership pinnacle.




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