Celtic’s match against PSG in the Champions League tonight is the ultimate barometer of how far the club has progressed under Brendan Rodgers.
The Bhoys are currently in third place in their Champions League group, but despite this they seem a million miles away from the French champions.
The gap was shown up when the teams met at Celtic Park in the opening game of the Champions League group stages, with PSG cruising to a 5-0 win.
Is there anything Celtic can do tonight to close the gap? The blunt answer is ‘no’, as PSG have far better players than their Scottish counterparts.
The likes of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe are on a different level to anyone in World football at the moment – perhaps aside from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City – so a very comfortable win for the Group B leaders seems to be on the cards.
However, what both Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic support would settle for is the team not to be overawed by tonight’s game.
It was a problem which afflicted Celtic in the home tie against PSG and the away trip to Munich to face Bayern.
Celtic seem to have got the problem out of their system in their last Champions League game however, as they got stuck into Bayern from the first whistle and only poor finishing denied them at least a point on the night.
A creditable defeat for Celtic would seem to be the best outcome supporters can hope for. It wouldn’t do the players any good to be on the end of another thrashing, like the 7-0 loss to Barcelona last season.
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that the players will be up to the task on what will undoubtedly be a long night in Paris.
In the latest Celtic news, Dani Alves has said that PSG are out to win tonight’s game