Wow. Even the most confident of Celtic fans can not have been expecting quite such a phenomenal result as that.
Celtic 5-0 Astana.
Not only was the scoreline wonderful, but we also saw the return to his beautiful flying best from Scott Sinclair. Magical.
All credit to Nir Bitton. His lackadaisical style of play in midfield scares me; at the back recently he has terrified me. But he proved all his many doubters wrong this evening with a composed and ensured performance.
Special mention to Olivier Ntcham. Since his arrival Ntcham has looked extremely comfortable in possession of the ball, and indicated a real footballing brain with some of his turns and passing under pressure, but tonight he really stepped it up a gear. Always eager to get on the ball, regardless of the opposition closing him down, Olivier displayed exceptional footwork to get away from his marker. Only Tom Rogic can come close to close ball control like we saw from Ntcham tonight. Olivier already looks like he could be a great signing, and the style of European football certainly suits him.
After fairly tepid performance in the first half we found ourselves going in 2-0 up at the break. In the second half we came out flying, with James Forrest’s goal the pick of the bunch.
This is how it feels to be Celtic. This is beautiful. This is magical. This, is the Champions League