Celtic fans cannot be blamed for being disappointed with the club’s 1-1 draw against FC Copenhagen away in Denmark in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32.

The Hoops had started the game brilliantly, opening the scoring in the 14th minute through Odsonne Edouard. And they should have scored a few more before the break after failing to capitalise on a number of good chances.

Those missed opportunities came back to haunt them in the second half, with the Danish champions equalising in the 52nd minute and then dominating the rest of the game. And it took a brilliant penalty save from Fraser Forster to keep things level at full time.

Yet there were certainly a number of positives to take back to Glasgow. And Edouard’s opener has a lot more value than just being an away goal.

The Frenchman’s goal ended a 17-year European drought for the Hoops. It was the first away goal that Celtic have scored in the knockout phase of an European competition since Henrik Larsson’s winner against Boavista in 2003.

When the two sides meet at Celtic Park next week, Neil Lennon’s men will also have the opportunity to bring an end to the club’s 16-year wait to win a knockout tie in Europe.

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