In last season’s Champions League group of death, many Celtic fans, including myself got a bit carried away with our draw against Manchester City and more or less dismissed the threat of Borussia Monchengladbach.
We’d lost heavily in our first match in Barcelona, heavier than expected, then gained a fantastic draw at home to multi-million pound spending Manchester City at Celtic Park.
That left the door open to a head-to-head with the Bundesliga side, and the possibility of securing the coveted third place and European football after Christmas.
A 0-2 defeat in the first game put paid to our early optimism, although a credible 1-1 draw in Germany with a real chance of a win but for Callum McGregors late miss, meant we’d have to win against either Barcelona or Manchester City in our final two games.
Barcelona took no prisoners and left Glasgow with all three points, City on the other hand failed to beat the Bhoys for the second time, as the Hoops left Manchester with another share of the points.
Ultimately, we didn’t progress as the three points we gained wasn’t to be enough.
Tomorrow night, we go to Belgium to play old foes RSC Anderlecht in what has already been perceived as the must win game of the group. Of course we want to win, but the idea that going to Brussels to win a Champions League tie is going to be easy is nonsense, regardless of their league position.
I know we’re a year further on and our side is far more settled and comfortable playing away in Europe. But we mustn’t think Anderlecht will be easy. Far from it. Every Champions League match is difficult.
Let’s not underestimate the Belgians, it could be our undoing….