From the moment that the Champions League group stage draw was completed, everyone at Celtic had a small smile on their faces.
They already knew that this is going to be a tough season for AC Milan and therefore the second place in Group H would be open to both themselves and AFC Ajax.
Due to the fact that the Dutch clubs over the last three years have clearly been weakened, it was broadly believed that the Scottish side would easily secure the second qualifying place in the group behind FC Barcelona.
Celtic went to the San Siro stadium in Italy to play against Milan in the first fixture of the group stage. It was a tough match that Neil Lennon's men eventually lost 2-0.
The next match was at home against Barcelona. The visitors took the win and Celtic were left with zero points.
The next match for Celtic was again in Scotland, this time against Ajax. Celtic took a rather easy 2-1 win.
Moving forward, everyone claimed that Celtic had the ability to at least draw in Amsterdam and therefore face Milan in the battle for second place. But, however, Celtic were evidently not up to the challenge.
In Wednesday’s match, the SPL champions lost 1-0. Celtic are now in fourth place in the group with only three points, while Ajax have four and Milan five points.
With the Scottish Premier League title virtually already decided, everyone expected that during this season Celtic would focus more on European competition.
Celtic, though, look on the verge of one more year of disappointment in European competition. The absence of Rangers from the Scottish Premier League is far from beneficial for Celtic, it would appear.
Surely they will win the title easily but with no real domestic competition, Celtic seem unable to improve.
The last chance of Celtic is in the reverse fixture against Milan. However, Celtic do not seem capable of winning against Milan.
Even if Celtic do win, it may not be enough to qualify.
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