Partick Thistle strike deals for Storey and Sammon

Steven Lawless

Steven Lawless

His performance against Raheem Sterling when Manchester City had to come from behind three times for a 3-3 draw in the east end of Glasgow in the Champions League group stage last season brought Tierney to the attention of a wider audience and his performance on the left of a central defensive trio in Scotland's 2-2 draw with England in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park in June attracted attention from south of the border. But if the fitness level isn't there then I have to consider it.

The fact Celtic conquered Astana over two legs last season does not mean it will be the same outcome 12 months on, even if Rodgers is confident about the improvement in his own side since that tie.

Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley continued adding to his reputation on Friday night by "mooning" the Celtic players as they took part in their pre-match huddle. The first game is important.

"At home, the atmosphere has been absolutely incredible in the Champions League and we'll need that on Wednesday night". We'll see if we can get a positive result to take over there the following week. I thought Rosenborg were a very good team, good structure, they make you work, play a really good style of football and have some risky players.

"Astana have a little less structure but have other individual qualities in their players".

"As we've gone on, the players have been getting fitter and technically better". Twumasi is a boy who is fast, direct, dynamic.

"It is a big call because it is the last minute of a game against Celtic". It won't be won on Wednesday; it will be over the course of two games.

"I hope nerves are not a factor, I don't think it will be".

"He can get you quicker through the lines to play forward, so I'm not anxious about him playing in there at all, because he's been outstanding".

"Sometimes there's a wee bit of anxiety in the crowd, of course, when you're so close". I can see why other teams would want him. "But we will get incredible support and the team will hopefully perform and take a lead over to Kazakhstan".