Michael Stewart feels Celtic are 'in good shape' to make European progess

By John Reid

February 22, 2020

BBC and BT Sport pundit Michael Stewart is confident that Celtic can make the last 16 of the Europa League, the Scottish Sun reports.

Stewart, writing in his column in the Scottish Sun, feels that Celtic would have taken the 1-1 draw with Copenhagen before a ball was kicked, although he does admit that the Hoops weren’t at their best in the second-half of the game.

“It looked scrappy at times”

“Celtic are also in good shape, even though their performance in Copenhagen wasn’t the best. It looked scrappy at times, but they would have taken a 1-1 draw in Denmark before they started. And they’ll fancy their chances of finishing the job at Parkhead on Thursday.”

The Celtic players celebrate after scoring (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Would Celtic really have taken a draw before the game? Perhaps. Although the team did go into the game in a run of excellent form.

Also, the Hoops were so dominant in the first-half that there must be a tinge of disappointment from Neil Lennon that the team didn’t go on to win the game.

Hoops were never going to dominate entire game

However, it was never realistic that the Celtic were going to dominate the entire game. Copenhagen were always going to get a period in charge of the game, and that was the case in the second-half.

In the end, the Hoops were indebted to Fraser Forster for his penalty save late on to ensure that the team didn’t lose the first leg, which would have been an injustice after Celtic’s first-half display.

Celtic put in a battling display on Thursday (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Still, as Stewart says, the Hoops do look in good shape for the second leg, but the team won’t be taking anything for granted.

Neil Lennon will have too much respect for Copenhagen to even consider that.

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