Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers piled praise on his side after describing their performance in their 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg as “outstanding”.
The Hoops grabbed the advantage in the first leg at home as Callum McGregor got the winner in the 78th minute on his 150th appearance for the club.
Celtic had imposed themselves but could not find a way through but substitute Charly Musonda changed the game with a superb run and pass which McGregor smashed home.
Rodgers’ men will now travel to Russia next week for the second leg but the former Liverpool coach insists his side deserved to take a lead into the second leg He told reporters: “It was a very good victory for us. I thought the performance was outstanding.
“We were playing against a top side, I think everyone recognises that. For large parts of the game we controlled it, tactically we were excellent and stayed calm when we had to defend.
“But with the ball, I was really pleased with our personality in the game, the control and calmness and we played with great maturity and capped it off at the end with a fantastic goal.
“But like tonight it is going to be a tough game but we have given ourselves an opportunity after tonight.”
Celtic remain 81.00 outsiders to win the competition, while Zenit remain in contention despite trailing 1-0 on aggregate.
The Russian giants are now 34.00 to win outright ahead of the second leg.