Celtic manager Neil Lennon is refusing to give up on the Champions League group stages this season and with key players coming back after the weekend they can overcome a two-goal handicap at 31/20 and qualify at the expense of Shakhter Karaganda.
The Hoops are long odds-on favourites at 1/5 to win the game in 90 minutes, with the Kazakhstan Premier League champions unfancied at 21/2 and the draw at 11/2.
Shakhter lead the tie 2-0 following their surprise victory at the Astana Arena, but Celtic should have the experience and freshness to turn things around in Glasgow.
Midfielder Kris Commons, forward Georgios Samaras and fans’ favourite Anthony Stokes – who has missed the last three games – could all feature at Parkhead, as Lennon looks to pack his side with goal-scoring threats in an attempt to pummel the visitors.
Celtic have plenty of form in the book for overturning such a deficit.
They have beaten every side that came to Scotland with a 2-0 lead in European competition during their illustrious history.
The 1967 European Cup winners progressed through to the next round on three of those four occasions, most recently when overcoming Bundesliga club Cologne in 1992.
Eight years ago Gordon Strachan’s side was agonisingly close to coming back from five down in the first leg with a 4-0 win at home to Artmedia Bratislava not quite enough to get them over the line.
However, this year’s task is well within their powers and they can book their place amongst the big boys again with a convincing win.
Lennon’s Bhoys will need no further motivation than another crack at the likes of Barcelona.
Celtic beat Los Blaugrana at home in last season’s group stages and were seconds away from an historic draw in the Camp Nou.