Six nil scorelines are like busses.
You wait on one for ages and then you take another tanking in Europe!
That’s how the saying goes, right?
Enjoyable as winning by the same margin on Sunday against Aberdeen was, such disparity in Celtic’s domestic and European results have become all too common in recent times.
Since the turn of the century, domestic dominance has become the order of the day for Celtic with the Hoops claiming seventeen of twenty-four Scottish Titles during that time.
Looking even more recently we’ve won eleven out of the last twelve, with five Trebles thrown in for good measure.
For now at least Celtic are the undisputed top team in Scotland.
Europe however is a different story altogether – as our latest result has shown.
When Brendan Rodgers returned in the summer almost all of us presumed it would be to oversee a summer spending spree, designed to restore our credibility at European football’s top table.
And whilst Luis Palma, Yang and Odin Thiago Holm have all given flashes of the players they may become it’s fair to say they’re not yet ready to produce week in, week out at the top level.
With £72M sitting in the bank account – with this season’s Champions League proceeds yet to be added – it beggars belief that the returning manager wasn’t provided with at least two to three players of proven quality.
The massacre at the Metropolitana aside, Celtic genuinely competed in our opening three games of the campaign.
However many of us have been left wondering what may have been had Rodgers been able to call upon some big hitters against Feyenoord, Lazio and Atletico.
Whilst we still, somehow, have an outside chance of qualification this time around it already looks like the focus will be on our next European campaign – which will hopefully be in next season’s revamped Champions League.
But then it always seems to be a case of “next time” when it comes to our European ambitions.
If the club are to meet the aspirations of the manager, and of the supporters, then we must see a new approach to recruitment, a new approach mentally, and a new approach in terms of what we want to be as a club.
Then, and only then can we look to transfer our winning ways in Scotland to wins on the continent.
If not, we may well find ourselves getting on the No.6 bus all over again.
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