If Celtic’s quest to reach the Champions League ends in a Greek tragedy club directors will find public sympathy hard to come by.
Scotland’s champions are not out of the Champions League yet. It’s too soon to begin preparations for an unappealing Europa League play-off in Lithuania or Latvia. Yet a night of frustration in Glasgow’s east end will inevitably trigger a first leg post mortem likely to dominate the run-up to Tuesday’s return in Athens.
The charge sheet against the plc board is topped by accusations of failing to close deals for quality players capable of securing group stage football for a third successive year.