Even optimism's Brendan Rodgers had to bow to lousy reality after Celtic's battering against PSG at Parkhead on Tuesday: a 5-0 defeat prompting Rodgers to admit that his Celtic cannot compete with the monied elites of European football:
For me, what’s interesting when you look at it is that teams used to have, say, one or two top players supplemented by other good players, but look at that Paris Saintt-Germain team and what they’ve got, all across the pitch – boys you wouldn’t think of at first. Verratti, Thiago Motta, Silva – a Brazilian captain.
For the likes of us the comparison is with the teams in pot three. Borussia Monchengladbach last year were way, way above ourselves. It is very tough, but it’s where you want to be.
What Celtic think of the rest of Europe, see what Scotland think of Celtic. Since Rodgers has taken over, they have been untouchable, and are yet to lose to a Scottish rival.
Ross County were the unfortunate visitors to Celtic Park today, and were blown away 4-0 as Celtic maintained a two-point lead over second-placed Aberdeen.
The best goal of the game came from Moussa Dembele, who curled this beauty into the bottom corner:
— goal for celtic (@goalforceltic) September 16, 2017
Tom Rogic had given Celtic the lead, with James Forrest adding gloss to the scoreboard with a late brace.