I wish I could be more convincing, but the wind has gone out of Europe for me this season. Tonight, we play our final home Champions League game of the campaign, hoping for a win to keep our slim chances of Europa League football alive, earn a couple of Uefa coefficient points and bank close to €3m. And a goal would be nice.
Shakhtar Donetsk started their campaign with a stunning 1-4 result in Leipzig and were denied a stunning win over Real Madrid when the European champions equalised in added time. Their 1-1 draw against Celtic, a game which Celtic bossed for the most part, now looks like their poorest performance, we can only look back in regret at what may have been.
If this Celtic squad are as good as they (on occasion) promise to be, this evening, they have the perfect opportunity to provide evidence. Can we defend against a proficient counter-attack team? Can we punish a defence that so effectively frustrated Leipzig? The window to prove the case will soon close.