Celtic finished off the job against Bosnian champions FK Sarajevo with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.
The Hoops were given a slight scare when Benjamin Tatar cancelled out Ryan Christie’s opener after an hour. However, Callum McGregor sealed the 5-2 aggregate win with a neat striker 15 minutes later.
Here’s three things we learned from the clash.
The team are going to fight for each other
Some of the tackling from the Bosnians was questionable at best. Five of their players ended up with bookings but that number could and should have been greater given some of the crude challenges that were put in.
Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor were just two of the men crunched by rash challenges. But one positive to come from the incidents was the response from the Celtic side.
On each occasion, several players ran towards the guilty-looking Sarajevo man showing their disgust at what they’d just witnessed. This is an early sign that Neil Lennon’s men are going to fight for each other this season.
With everything that’s to come, that is certainly a real positive.
The Scottish contingent are going to be crucial
Lennon started with an all Scottish midfield for the second successive week and it’s easy to see why. Scott Brown and Callum McGregor both had decent enough games with the latter netting a neat goal. James Forrest and Lewis Morgan also looked lively on the wings while Ryan Christie was perhaps the best of the five.
With the likes of Mikey Johnston and Leigh Griffiths also sure to have an impact this season, it really does promise to be a good campaign for Celtic’s Scottish stars.
We can’t afford concentration lapses
It’s stating the obvious but we really can’t afford to concede cheap goals in the coming rounds.
Celtic deserve credit for seeing off the tricky Bosnians but the concession of two goals will leave a sour taste. Scott Bain has now gone five competitive matches without a clean sheet and could really do with one soon.
We’ll come up against better teams than Sarajevo in the coming weeks and can’t afford to switch off and give away sloppy goals. That could be the difference between qualifying and not.