We play plenty of no-win games, where all that can be achieved is an expected result and the avoidance of a humiliating loss, or draw. Tonight is different. Tonight we play the team who won the Europa League last year and who are significantly better resourced that Celtic. When Celtic entered this group, opposition from Spain, Italy and France ensured that expectations were never going to get wildly out of proportion. Indeed, after Sion, defeat in Madrid and a solitary point at home to Udinese, many expectations were of an early exit.
But, after four games, Celtic have it all to play for. Two solid performances against Rennes delivered four points and a big performance this evening would give Celtic an excellent chance of progressing to the business end of European football.
This is a test for a young and emerging Celtic team. Don’t underestimate them….
Read the unofficial Celtic v Atletico Madrid programme here.[calameo code=000390171cacf174cbd52 lang=en page=2 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500]