Joe Ledley today fired back at the touchline snipers who reckoned
Celtic's Champions League campaign was dead in the water.
Neil Lennon's side got their first three points with a win over Ajax on Tuesday evening, a result which kick-starts their bid to climb out of Group H and reach the last 16.
But, after suffering disappointing defeats to AC Milan and Barcelona in their opening two games, Ledley believes the critics were too quick in claiming it was all over for the Parkhead side.
"We have always had a lot of belief in ourselves as a team, but I think there were a few people who thought that was it for us," said the Welshman. "But we felt that we were very unlucky in those first two games.
"The performances were good and the lads took a lot of positives from them. And we have always kept a firm belief that we can get out of the group again this year.
"The result against Ajax gives us a lot of hope. The big thing for us will be going to Amsterdam and we'll look to get another big result."
Ledley has missed all of the games in the group because of a groin injury, but he managed to get on for the latter stages of Tuesday's win.
He has declared himself fully fit and will now look to get some games in order to bolster his fitness.
And he is looking to make up for lost time by getting himself into the starting line-up for the second part of the double-header against Ajax in a fortnight.
With skipper Scott Brown still looking at another two games in the stand because of his Euro suspension, a fully-fit Ledley will be a big boost for Lennon.
"I feel great and I am ready to kick on now," said the midfielder.
"It is frustrating watching from the sidelines because you just want to be out there.
"Hopefully I can try and get some games under my belt and look to start the match over in Amsterdam."
Ledley also admitted watching can be worse than playing. The 26-year-old felt the nerves jangling as James Forrest hung around waiting to take Celtic's spot-kick. In contrast, had he been on the pitch, he wouldn't have been quite so anxious.
He said. "I was really aware of the tension around the stadium, but when you are actually playing you really are so focused on what is going on that you don't take notice of it the same way.
"But James handled the situation brilliantly. For a young lad to hold his nerve like that when they were trying to put him off really said so much for him.
"He has had a hard time over the last year or so with injuries. Fingers crossed he can push on again because he is an outstanding talent.
"We all know what he is capable of and he showed that against Ajax. If he can get his strength back then I am sure we will see the very best of him again this season."