Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspurs’ manager, hailed the “all-English” Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid as “amazing”. Perhaps it is. Certainly, the semi-finals in which both Liverpool and Spurs came from well-behind to snatch victory from all-but-certain defeat were wonderfully thrilling. They may give substance to the claim that the English Premiership is the strongest league in the world. It’s true that, except in an exceptional season, we know that there are no more than half-a-dozen clubs with a chance of winning the title, and that these are – of course – the richest clubs. Nevertheless, half-a-dozen is two or three more than have a chance of winning other major leagues in Europe – or even less major ones like the Scottish Premiership which Celtic have just won for the eighth season in succession.

Ah Celtic… the first club in Britain to win the European Cup, now more than half a century ago.

There’s not much chance – to be honest there’s really no chance – of them doing so again. Celtic may be the Big Fish in Scotland, but in European terms, the club is now a Poor Relation, a maiden aunt sitting at the dinner-table on sufferance…