“If we can get the first goal out there, you can see that – if we don’t make mistakes – we’ll have opportunities.”
As fate and the fixture list would have it, Celtic’s preparation for the trip to Spain is Sunday’s game away to Kilmarnock, the only domestic team to have recorded consecutive home wins against Rodgers’ men.
“It has been a hard place to go, and not just for us,” Christie said. “We’re desperate to win it, though, not just for the sake of the league title but also to bounce back from the loss to Valencia. After a disappointment like that, all you want to do is get back out there and turn your momentum around.
“We want to rectify the record at Rugby Park. Before Thursday night and since the break, we’ve scored a lot of goals and not conceded any in the domestic competitions, so it’s back to the league and we need to continue that amazing form. We can’t get caught up on what happened on Thursday night. We need to brush it aside.
“The best thing we can do is win at Rugby Park to give us a bit of momentum going into the second leg. Killie have played well at home but we’re more than confident going there.”
In Saturday’s Premiership games, Rangers were held to a goalless draw by St Johnstone at Ibrox.
Paul Heckingbottom’s reign as Hibs manager began with a home win over Hamilton. Florian Kamberi scored and Mark McNulty knocked in a penalty.