Neil Lennon believes that Celtic tries their best to become the top of their group with a controlled 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final won over Aberdeen at Hampden Park.
Last Sunday, The Dons took a point in a 3-3 Premiership draw between the teams at Pittodrie, and after failures to Rangers and AC Milan, the Hoops boss and his players were criticized.
Celtic had 2-2 Europa League draw with Lille in France on Thursday night and in front of the Dons first-half goals from Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi will set the last meeting with Hearts on December 20.
“We’re missing the wide men (James Forrest and Mikey Johnston) to take the brunt off Moi (Elyounoussi) and Ryan.
“The boys who are playing are playing very well and improving all the time so we’re not a million miles from where I want us to be.”
Lennon watched Championship side Hearts beat Edinburgh rivals Hibs 2-1 after extra-time on Saturday with
, who left Parkhead in the summer to return to Tynecastle for a second time, in top form.
“We lined up with a really attacking team, we have had a lot of benefit from that and we wanted to strike that first blow.
“Matty Kennedy carried the fight with some great crosses and Sam Cosgrove missed a couple of chances at the back post, if he had the benefit of a few games he might have made more of them.