Astana head coach Stanimir Stoilov has guided the club to the Premier League title for the last three season's running.
"Nir gets a wee bit stick for some reason - when he plays in midfield or at the back - but he understands football and a lot of our players over the course of this early part of the season - James Forrest, Tom Rogic and Nir - are all guys who've been vast for us because they've filled in and done jobs out of position".
That includes wins over the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and Barcelona - but can you recall the players who scored the goals in these triumphs?
"Clearly we are missing some players that are decisive for us and we want to make the squad stronger".
"Do Celtic belong in the Champions League?".
"But the only way you can get through it is by staying really focused, staying in the present and on what you have to do". I would never just sit down and say let's play him in there because he is tall.
Astana are unbeaten in their last 14 European games on home soil with Atletico Madrid and Benfica among the teams unable to win at the Astana Arena, which has an artificial pitch. I will take risks but they will always be calculated.
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Koeman needs to go out and get another centre-forward because Sandro Ramirez needs a partner.
"It's very important to play in the Champions League but if I don't play it's not bad".
That test proved to be just as thrilling, and Celtic fans will hope for a less stressful progression to the group stage this time around.
The first-leg will take place at Celtic Park on Wednesday August 16. I look at the spaces and how open we were previous year.
"I can remember at this stage last season, in the second game with Astana, there was all this emotion around it".
They were decent at the back and Jordan Pickford was very good on his debut, making some excellent saves, but Everton have not got many goals in them.