Celtic put their recent poor displays behind them with a good performance in the 2-0 Europa League play-off win over AIK.

The Hoops were in control throughout the match, as goals from James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard put Celtic in a great position to reach the group stages.

However, there could perhaps be one lingering regret the Hoops have following the win.

That is, the amount of chances that the Hoops missed in the match. Had Celtic managed to convert all the chances they had in the game, it would have ended the tie in the first leg.

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Could have made changes for second leg

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That could have meant that the Hoops could have played a much-changed side for the second leg against AIK.

However, with the lead only a two-goal one, you would imagine that Neil Lennon will pick his strongest side for the tie.

That is unfortunate, as only three days later the Hoops travel to Ibrox for the first Glasgow derby of the season. It would have been a real boost for Celtic if some key men were rested ahead of that game.

 

However, that is unlikely to be the case. The likes of Edouard, Forrest and Ryan Christie will get the nod to start the match in Sweden.

Away goal will all but end tie

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Hopefully Celtic will get the job done early on with an away goal, and give make some substitutions in the game.

Whilst the lead is only two goals AIK are still in the tie. If they open the scoring in the second leg then the tie will be up for grabs.

Celtic showed enough in the first leg to be confident of progress though. The Hoops were by far the better team on the night.

Aside from a few half-chances, the Swedish champions didn’t make much of an impact on the game. Still, the tie is not yet over, and that will be a regret for the Hoops.

 

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