Had someone said to me before that kicked off that we would take a point from the game I would have been broadly satisfied with that.
I said before a ball was kicked in this group that we needed four of them from the first three games and this would have put us well on track for that achievement. As it happens, we still are.
But that was a chance to win the three instead of a single one. We were the better side tonight and not just a little but by a lot. By a considerable distance.
We were, I thought, fantastic tonight with only the finishing letting us down.
That’s where we have to improve, but by God the difference between this Celtic team and the one that played in Europe last season, where I thought we were actually a lot better than a lot of the negative press that has surrounded us.
We are a different animal now. We were in total command of that game, and we should have gotten the Champions League away victory which would have set us up for the home ties no matter what happens in Germany.
But we can go to Germany confident.
I thought that was a brilliant display from a Celtic team that needed to be tested at this level and proved that it can’t just compete but that it can do so with high expectations.
The performance had everything we would have wanted … except the win at the end.
But overall I am damned proud of my team and the way they played tonight. Obviously, I’m going to do a full review on the game tomorrow but these early impressions are where I usually convey my immediate thoughts and they are that we totally commanded the pitch and on another day, with more composed finishing, would have battered them.
That is a very big point, ladies and gents, and more; it is a very big point proved.
We belong here. We are good enough to qualify from this Group.