News of Leigh Griffiths’ return to fitness ensured that it was an upbeat Celtic squad that arrived in Norway today.
The sight of the striker taking part in training this morning was greeted with joy by supporters with Griffiths bringing a natural balance to the side.
Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Jonny Hayes had all been suggested for the striking role but the return of Griffiths puts that argument to bed and allows Brendan Rodgers to plan for the match with some certainty.
Having a striker brings a natural balance and focus to the side allowing the midfielders to play their natural game of creating and converting chances.
Despite drawing the first leg 0-0 there are a number of recent examples of how Celtic have improved markedly over the two legs of a European tie at this stage of the season.
Saturday’s 5-0 win at Sunderland will have given the entire squad a boost with the form of Callum McGregor the main plus to emerge from the match.
The Rosenborg match will provide a real test of Rodgers resolve and the strength of a the treble winning squad without Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts.
The stakes are high with the rewards plentiful for success.