Most Celtic fans were in agreement with John Hartson’s glass half full assessment of Celtic’s performance against Valencia.
On the surface a 1-0 defeat in a 3-0 aggregate is nothing to write home about but after a tame display in the first leg Celtic showed signs that they can match and compete with the sort of side that does well in the Europa League.
Spanish sides have a virtual monopoly of European tournaments but until Jeremy Toljan was harshly sent off it was the visitors that were the better side in the Mestalla.
Valencia knew that they didn’t need to win the game but Brendan Rodgers sent out a side to attack and test their opponents rather than park the bus in a face saving exercise.
It was a side of Celtic that has rarely been seen in Europe this season – at home to RB Leipzig was the only performance that reached the same heights.
By signing off on a high, expectations for next season have been raised but there are domestic tests and another transfer window to be faced before the next batch of UEFA qualifiers.
Here’s a look at how Celtic fans reacted to Hartson’s verdict on Twitter…
Celtic showed they can cause problems at European level.. good performance, if not for the sending off may well have been so different. ??
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) February 21, 2019
— tony gunk (@Jeb220) February 21, 2019
Much more confident in taking the ball in the boxes tonight John and playing between the lines…hopefully we have found a system for going away in Europe next season
— chris munro (@chrisbhoy77) February 21, 2019
Better team till the sending off coybig ?
— Beago Bhoy (@BeagoBhoy) February 22, 2019
We would’ve taken them to the wire if we finished with 11 men ?
— Brian Murray (@BrianMu49356888) February 21, 2019
Nice to be able to compete John that’s all we are asking hopefully a step forward
— James Cairney (@yenriacsemaj) February 21, 2019
If only they had played like that in the first leg
— P the T (@PtheT) February 21, 2019
Some pride restored John, onwards ?
— Paul Hendry (@PaulHendry1888) February 21, 2019
Celtic showed heart tonight. ?
— michael mc devitt (@fubar04) February 21, 2019
Well said John, as usual your analysis is unequivocally on the money.
— Peter Duncan (@PeterDuncan94) February 21, 2019
Love it John but of Rodgers had realised that we needed a diff tactic in the 2nd year he was here it might have been totally different
— Ryan mccabe (@ryza1888) February 21, 2019