AT Celtic, it is often the opposition who are trying to make their total count more than the sum of their parts in order to get a result. As Ange Postecoglou’s men prepare to take on Real Betis tonight though, they are fully aware that the boot is firmly on the other foot.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team is littered with star names who would be way out of Celtic’s financial reach, with the likes of on-loan Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, former Barcelona star Marc Bartra, William Carvalho, Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales and Borja Iglesias all featuring in the last-gasp win over Granada at the weekend.

But star names do not always make for an insurmountable team, as Josip Juranovic has found in the past while playing in European competition for Hadjuk Split. The Croatian is banking on Celtic’s team ethos to upset the odds and make a mockery of their underdog status in Seville tonight.

“I played against Everton, we drew 1-1,” Juranovic said. “They scored from their half of the pitch. But the most important thing was we played like a team. Hadjuk is a really good club.

“Everton spent something like £150million on transfers this summer. And they only beat us because of that goal. That, for me, shows you that money is not everything.

“For me it is not about favourites. You just saw Manchester United lose against Young Boys [on Tuesday night], so you can see the favourites don’t always win.

“As a team we must play together if we want to reach our goal. If you play as an individual then you cannot reach the top level in football. If you play as a team you can beat a team who’ve spent a lot of money so for me the most important thing is that we play as a team.

“We need to defend as a team and attack as a team. If we do that then we will have a good chance of being able to play our own football.

“We must make sure we manage to get possession of the ball, if we can get that possession them we can create chances and score goals.

“There will be times when we must defend as a team and every single player must give two hundred-per-cent to make sure we don’t concede any goals. If we do that then I believe we will have chances to score, I believe that one hundred-per-cent.”

Juranovic may be asked to play at left-back once more tonight to fill in for the injured Greg Taylor, a role that may not be his first choice, but one where he looked comfortable against Rangers as he made his Celtic debut at Ibrox.

After coming through that test, the prospect of taking on the task once more at the Benito Villamarín Stadium tonight doesn’t faze him.

“I’m a right full-back but I can also play on the left,” he said. “In the two games I’ve played so far I have given myself to the team and the coach. Now it’s all down to me to shown my quality on the training pitch.

“I like to play in the big games as it’s in the big games where you must show your quality. You need to show you are calm with the ball and that you have the right attitude.

“Everyone at Celtic likes to play at Champions League and Europa League level and these are the big stages where the players want to show themselves.

“We want to prove that we are worthy of this stage.”

They will have to do that without their most influential player, with captain Callum McGregor succumbing to the hamstring injury that forced him from the action against Ross County at the weekend.

Juranovic says though that Celtic have more than enough leaders in the team to cope without their skipper.

“I think Callum is a great person, a great player, a great captain,” he said.

“But here we have players who can replace him because this is Celtic, we’re a big club and we have lots of big players.

“If we change captain, whoever becomes captain will give everything for the team and themselves to show them in a good way.”