Celtic did the job tonight.
Exactly what they had to do.
Nothing more, and nothing less.
They knew what was required and we went out there and did it.
It was an excellent result, a disciplined performance, and it leaves us needing one point at home.
I said after the RB Leipzig game at Celtic Park that Europe had become an interesting distraction; actually, it’s a hell of a lot more than that tonight. If we manage to go through we’ll have done it with a minimum of ten points …. a very decent performance no matter who you are.
There aren’t a lot of people who thought this team had ten points in them in a European group.
I think we’re a lot readier for the Champions League qualifiers next season than we might have thought. Had this team taken on AEK Athens, in this form, in the mood they are in just now, I have no doubt at all that we’d have beaten them over the two legs.
The team showed up for business tonight and did it with remarkable ease.
BT Sport’s resident commentator might have been praying for a Rosenborg equaliser and he mentioned our away record in Europe more times than he said the words Kieran Tierney, but in fact there was no danger at all of us coming up short this evening.
There were some excellent displays, and in particular the shift Scott Sinclair – our goal-scorer – put in. Kieran was storming. Rogic was sublime.
But the man of the match, for me, was Ryan Christie who I thought was fantastic.
He was everywhere. This kid is like a new player, he was absolutely immense, and on a big, big night.
We go into the League Cup Final on a high.
December starts on Saturday and that promises to be a month of cup finals, one after the other.
But I think we’ll do just fine throughout because this teams treats every game that way anyway and only ever focusses on one at a time.
The next one against Aberdeen, at Hampden.
Bring it on.
You can discuss this and and all the other stories by signing up at the Celtic Noise forum at the above link. This site is one of the three that has pushed for the forum and we urge all this blog’s readers to join it. Show your support for real change in Scottish football, by adding your voice to the debate.