Celtic: 6 Reasons for Optimism Despite Juventus Loss in Champions League

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Celtic: 6 Reasons for Optimism Despite Juventus Loss in Champions League
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Barring a miracle—and we're talking about something major, like Henrik Larsson coming out of retirement, or the entire Juventus squad getting arrested for match-fixing—Celtic won't be going any further than the Round of 16 in this season's Champions League.

Their 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the first leg at Parkhead means that they would now have to win by three goals in Turin, and as well as they've done this season, that just isn't going to happen.

Teams don't go away from home and manage that sort of upset, and teams certainly don't go away to Juventus and overturn a three-goal deficit.

Yet despite this, Celtic can take plenty of positives from their achievements in the Champions League, both in terms of the progress that they've made as a team and the results that they've been able to pull off.

Here are six reasons why Hoops fans shouldn't let this defeat get them down.

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