Alistair Johnston has expressed a resilient outlook despite the team’s challenging Champions League campaign.

Alistair Johnston
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group E – Celtic v Atletico Madrid – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – October 25, 2023 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers gives instructions to Alistair Johnston Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Following a disheartening loss to Lazio in Rome, which saw Celtic concede two late goals, the team’s European aspirations have dimmed significantly. Yet, Johnston insists that their Champions League journey isn’t over yet.

Speaking to Celtic TV, Johnston reflected on the team’s performance in the Olimpico Stadium. Despite the disappointment, he emphasised the importance of the upcoming match against Feyenoord at Parkhead. This game, although seemingly inconsequential in terms of progression in the tournament, holds significance for Johnston and his teammates.

“It was disappointing for sure, but at the same time, the campaign isn’t over yet with another home match.

“We would have loved to have gone into that match with something to play for, so that’s frustrating.

“As a whole, there were some matches where we performed well and others we let drift by us, specifically that last one which felt like we hadn’t laid a punch. “We would have wanted more points and the campaign is not done and we want to aim to finish on a high note with Feyenoord at home.”

After 5 games, Celtic have just one point to their name and are in desperate need of a win. The match presents itself with a great opportunity for the Hoops to pick up their first three points in the Champions League since the win against Anderlecht in Rodgers’ first spell in charge of the club.

Although it would be meaningless in terms of progression, the added cash boost and putting a horrible record to bed would be pleasing.


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