Whisper it quietly, but this season’s Europa League may be opening up a little for Celtic.
Before we go any further, I must clarify that I’ve not already written off Copenhagen.
The Danes’ second-half display proved that they will be tough opposition in Glasgow – especially after they’ve got another week’s sharpness under their belt.
But if Celtic advance to the last 16, then the teams we could face aren’t quite as daunting as many would have you believe.
A look around the entirety of last night’s last 32, first leg fixture card shows you that a couple of big hitters are in grave danger.
Red Bull Salzburg look as good as out – albeit against impressive Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt.
Ajax also have a huge task on their hands after losing 2-0 away to Getafe, while the likes of Sevilla and Manchester United also struggled a little.
Who would batter Celtic in the Europa League?
Ask yourself this question: Who in the Europa League do you actually fear?
Inter Milan, granted. But then again they sit below Lazio, and lost to them last weekend.
Wolves, the aforementioned Frankfurt, and Arsenal would pose a challenge too. But other than that, there’s not a great deal to really worry about.
One of AZ Alkmaar or LASK Linz would be potential last 16 opponents. As would Rangers or Braga. Sporting Lisbon or Basaksehir.
Are these teams really worth worrying about?
A game at a time, and we’ve got a chance
Let’s not get massively ahead of ourselves. We still have a job to do against the Danes next week.
But if we get through that one there’s probably as much chance of us getting a winnable draw as an absolute stinker.
The Europa League is nowhere as strong as last year when the likes of Napoli, Chelsea and Valencia were all involved.
Maybe this Celtic team has planned their Euro run in the perfect season.