Celtic for long enough had a European record that was a hacks dream. Despite our many successes at Celtic Park, we always seemed to fall short on our travels, much to the delight of the SMSM.
It gave them a stick to beat us with, and boy did they use it.
However, since our thrashing at the hands of Barcelona last season, a 7-0 defeat that more established sides have suffered, Brendan Rodgers has put a belief into the side that gives us all the confidence in the world when we play away on European soil.
A credible 1-1 draw at the Borussia-Park against Borussia Monchengladbach followed, a game we could have won, then in our last trip in the group of death, we secured another 1-1 draw against money bags Manchester City, with loanee Patrick Roberts scoring the Celtic goal.
Since then, we’ve travelled to Belfast and Trondheim in this years qualifiers and have yet to concede, even though our defence on both occasions wasn’t at full strength.
As we head into today’s Champions League play-off second leg against Astana, we’ve never been better placed to face an away tie. Not only are we five goals to the good, but we’re playing with a confidence rarely seen by a Celtic team on their travels.
Personally, I don’t fear us going away in Europe anymore, sure we will lose some games, but the trepidation that was the norm is no longer there. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Celtic win in Kazakhstan this afternoon…