A result would be sensational on Thursday night, but the main thing is Celtic produce a positive performance.
Valencia come to Celtic Park looking to put one foot into the last-32 of the Europa League. But whilst Celtic will be doing all they can to make sure that doesn’t happen, it’s important as fans to remember one thing – qualification isn’t imperative here.
The La Liga giants have the quality to shoot past Celtic if they’re on their game. That much we know, but too often in Europe our pride has taken a dent in recent years too. Even on the home front.
The likes of PSG, Barcelona, and Zenit have given us some of the most embarrassing nights in a long time. Even earlier this season against Salzburg saw one of our most pathetic home performances in a long time.
With this being one of the glamour ties of the last-32, many eyes will be on the clash. Therefore, it’s important that Celtic can come out with their heads held high, and not dent our European reputation once again.
Yet, that’s not even the most important reason why putting on a good show is essential here.
Domestic dominance can’t be put at risk
Celtic have been performing outstandingly on the domestic front. Six wins out of six and the same number of clean sheets to boot since the winter break. The Hoops are in some unreal form on the domestic scene, and confidence is flowing through the club.
Defeat to Valencia won’t stop or halt that in any way. But what would do is a bad performance. Going down with a whimper to the La Liga outfit similarly to how we did with Salzburg just isn’t an option.
Massive away games at the likes of Kilmarnock and Hearts are coming up over the next couple of weeks. The only way Celtic can truly go into those matches in good spirits is if every member of the team is satisfied with their display on Thursday night.
A bad defeat and it will feel like the squad needs another pick-me-up. That will drain both the confidence and momentum picked up over the last several weeks.
Celtic have a hard ask on Thursday night to go and beat the Spaniards. But as long as they give 100% and can look in the mirror saying they gave it their all, confidence will remain high ahead of a huge end to the domestic campaign.