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Is it better to be humiliated in front of the whole continent – as Celtic have suffered in recent seasons – or to miss Champions League football altogether?

For many Hoops fans, failing to beat Midtjylland, Cluj or Ferencvaros in the qualifying phase is far worse than a crushing defeat against star power Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

To fight against Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski is one thing. To concede twice, at home, to a Romania-based striker who has scored just six goals in the past two seasons is another.

And now for Celtic after the exit of Dom McKay?



And now for Celtic after the exit of Dom McKay?





Then again, if Celtic are defending themselves as they did during much of their 2-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar last month – a game in which both Stephen Welsh and Carl Starfelt made horrific mistakes for the summer – don’t bet against Bayer Leverkusen or Real. Betis have given another lesson to a side that have conceded the most goals in the Europa League group stage as the Neil Lennon era unraveled last season.

Celtic will need to be on guard against Real Betis

Real Betis, opponents of Celtic on Thursday at tea time, finished sixth in La Liga last season.

They have in their ranks a World Cup winner in the form of Nabil Fekir, a silky Spanish international playmaker to Sergio Canales, a £ 28million striker to Borja Iglesias, not to mention the Portugal goalkeeper at 64. caps William Carvalho, former Barcelona defender Marc Bartra, Hector Bellerin, player on loan from Arsenal and Guido Rodriguez, Copa America medalist.

Moreover, in Cristian Tello Betis also have a player who knows what it takes not only to defeat Celtic but also to destroy them.

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It was Tello who put the final nail in the coffin seven years ago, scoring the last goal of the night as Barcelona punched a beleaguered and beaten Celtic 6-1 at Camp Nou, his shot deflecting against a Virgil van Dijk with a fresh face.

“It’s just the result and the performance we needed. We really focused on giving a good performance, very intense from front to back, ”said the fast full-time winger via Goal.

“We worked so hard, moved the ball so well and so hard that Celtic didn’t have a chance to think it over. You can see all of this in the size of the score.

Celtic fans will pray that, as they prepare to face Tello again in Spain, history will never repeat itself.

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