Celtic are in need of a minor miracle in Valencia.
Two goals either side of half-time from the visitors mean the Hoops will be chasing a 2-0 deficit in Spain, meaning progression to the next round looks to be unlikely.
However, it isn’t exactly impossible.
Celtic command a rich a European history, and we think it appropriate to recall some of those extra special nights ahead of Thursday’s reckoning.
Liverpool 0-2 Celtic (2003)
This result would do nicely on Thursday! The Celtic faithful travelled to Merseyside after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and made relatively light work of Gerard Houllier’s Liverpool side. Goals from Alan Thompson and John Hartson were enough to get the job done, and the Hoops took one step closer to the UEFA Cup final.
Celtic 1-0 Barcelona (2004)
Alan Thompson was again in the thick of it as Celtic scraped past Barcelona in the 2003-04 UEFA Cup. A second-half strike from the midfielder was the difference in both legs of a memorable tie, as the Bhoys held onto their lead in a tense encounter at Camp Nou.
Celtic 2-1 Barcelona (2012)
Celtic hung another one on the Catalan giants in the 2012 Champions League group stages. The full strength Barca side featured Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, and Victor Valdes between the sticks. They were neutralised with goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt, naturally.
Celtic 3-3 Manchester City (2016)
One of the most entertaining (if you’re a neutral…) games in Champions League group stage history, Celtic and City locked horns in 2016 for an instant classic of an encounter. An early goal by Moussa Dembele was equalled by Fernandinho just after the ten minute mark, but Raheem Sterling put through his own net on twenty minutes to put Celtic back in front. The winger made up for his mistake eight minutes later, by bagging his side’s second equaliser. After the half-time break, Dembele once again breached Claudio Bravo’s goal, before Nolito brought it to three apiece. Gripping, Celtic did themselves proud that night by sticking three goals past a seriously talented City squad.
Boavista 0-1 Celtic (2003)
A 1-1 draw at Parkhead in the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final meant Celtic were not in the best position to progress to the final. The away goals rule meant a 0-0 draw would send the Portuguese side through, so Martin O’Neill’s side needed a goal. A tense 80 minutes left Hoops fans fearing the worst, until Henrik Larsson popped up with the strike to send Celtic to their first European final since 1970.
Ajax 1-2 Celtic (1982)
After a 2-2 draw in Glasgow, Celtic went to Amsterdam to try and silence a crowd of 60,000+. They did! Charlie Nicholas put the Hoops ahead, but it fell to youngster George McCluskey to immortalise himself in history with the winning goal in the latter stages of the second half.
Celtic 2-1 Internazionale (1967)
And we couldn’t leave this one out, could we? The 1967 European Cup final in Lisbon is etched in not only the club’s, but footballing history. Having won the competition in two of the last three years, Inter were considered heavy favourites on that hot May day. Jock Stein and his men fought back from a 1-0 deficit at half-time to win 2-1, and ensured that history would never