Neil Lennon is looking for Celtic’s European know-how to steer them into the group stage of the Champions League.
A year after negotiating their way past HJK Helsinki and Helsingborgs, Celtic find their route to the riches of the main event blocked by Shakhter Karagandy.
Lennon rates the victories over Helsingborgs as more significant than beating Barcelona and is expecting his side to draw on those games to see off the champions of Kazakhstan.
“I suppose after last year you are a little more comfortable,” the Celtic boss reflected. “But it is still quite a nerve-wracking time for all us involved although we try not to let that permeate to the players.
“We are relaxed, we had a great result at the weekend against Aberdeen and the players are in good form and looking forward to the game.
“We haven’t had much time to gauge but I am very happy with the way the squad has settled.
“I have liked the camaraderie between the players and the new boys have settled in very well.
“Obviously we have lost hugely influential players in Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper and Kelvin Wilson but we feel have acquired some very good players.
“They will take time to bed in obviously but we are very happy with the way things are going at the moment.”
Amido Balde and Anthony Stokes are back in contention for a place after missing the 2-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday.
Both strikers could be on the bench tonight with Lennon likely to go with a similar team to the one that beat Aberdeen with Georgios Samaras playing as a lone striker.