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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is sure they will be stronger and better equipped for their next European test after leaving the Champions League.
The Hoops fell in the Europa League qualifiers after a 2-1 overtime loss to Midtjylland in Denmark saw them fall at the first hurdle of the elite European competition.
Postecoglou’s side will now face Jablonec in the Czech Republic next Thursday evening.
The Australian admitted after last week’s 1-1 draw that he would never be in such a big game so ill-prepared again.
But Nir Bitton retired by suspension for the trip to Denmark and Leigh Griffiths missed his injury.
Celtic lined up with a full-back with an average age of 21 and the only Postecoglou replacement used in 90 minutes was James Forrest, who missed his preseason training camp due to a self-isolation order.
Two of Postecoglou’s summer rookies were in quarantine and a jaded-looking Celtic side offered no response after the Danes took the lead four minutes into extra time.
Although he stressed the urgent need for more reinforcements, Postecoglou believes more help is already on the way ahead of next Thursday’s trip and even Saturday’s Premiership opener against Hearts.
“We are going to get reinforcements,” he said. “Carl Starfelt will enter, Nir Bitton will be available, Kyogo Furuhashi will enter. Already we will be stronger in terms of depth and quality.
“Guys like James Forrest, this was his first full run and he’ll be better off for it.
“I think we will get stronger and I think we will be in much better shape at the next European meeting.
“More importantly, I want to make sure we start the league well on Saturday and that’s our goal right now.