Is it any compensation that POAK, who finished second to AEK last season, drew 1-1 against Benfica in Lisbon, in the Champions League playoff first leg last night? Not really, but it is a marker of the standard required to beat the Greek champions. POAK eliminated Basel 5-1 on aggregate two rounds ago. Greece are likely to have two teams in the group stage.
What might have been is irrelevant, it is more important to perform to the level required in Lithuania tomorrow evening. Celtic are far stronger than Suduva, but you and I have seen what happens when a Celtic team let standards drop away in Europe, even for a short period of a game.