Celtic captain Scott Brown’s verdict on Tuesday night’s mauling was succinct. “They gave us a right good hiding, that’s for sure,” admitted the midfielder. Few could argue with any plausibility.

Celtic were outclassed by Paris-Saint Germain with Brown reflecting somewhat ruefully that well might they have been – “they are right up there as one of the best teams I have ever played against, but so they should be with the amount of money that they have spent” – but this was never going to be where the Parkhead side sealed their Champions League fate.

That will come in the two games they contest against Belgium side Anderlecht in the home and away ties, the first of which is due in less than a fortnight in Brussels. It is against Anderlecht where Celtic will get a more accurate reading of how they have progressed since their last foray into Champions League football.

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This time 12 months ago Celtic were in a similar position. A morale-sapping 7-0 trouncing in the Nou Camp was how they began their last campaign and it is the manner in which they composed themselves following that which Brown believes they have to look to replicate.

Rodgers’ side found a response in their next game when they hosted Manchester City on a pulsating night at Celtic Park but it will be a tougher ask this time around as they head onto the road.

There is a suspicion that after a summer of exceptional business in the European transfer market that the difference between the haves and have-nots in the Champions League has never been more stark.

“The bar is going to get raised as high as possible but what we want to do is go out and compete,” said Brown. “We didn’t do that for big chunks of the game [on Tuesday]. If we can take anything it is the way we tried to lift ourselves in the first half an hour of the second half and that is what we need to draw on as we look to collect ourselves before Anderlecht.

“Last season we had a heavy loss in the Nou Camp. We got over that and we have to find some of the form that we showed in the competition after that. We can be more composed, we can do more with the ball and we can create chances. But it doesn’t damage the confidence.

“The focus has to be on the next game. European football is notoriously difficult and we played a game on Tuesday night against a team who have just spent the guts of £400m on two players.

“They spent a lot of money to try and win this competition and they gave us a night of it. It could have been more, especially in the first-half although I do think that we gave a better account of ourselves in the second.

“Going away from home is never easy. We have to learn quickly from some of the mistakes that we made against PSG and try to take that into the next game over in Brussels.”

Neymar was in the spotlight again after another controversial visit to Celtic Park.

Booked for diving, the little playmaker had an ongoing feud with Anthony Ralston throughout the game and then refused to shake hands with the 18-year-old rookie at the final whistle. Brown, who infamously clashed with the Brazilian internationalist last season when the Hoops played Barcelona, was in no mood to indulge Neymar with too much attention.

“I dunno…it’s not about Neymar,” he said. “Everyone wanted to make the night about Neymar but for us the way we performed in the first-half wasn’t good enough. After the break we tried to press them higher up the park and we created one or two chances.

“In the first-half we didn’t believe in ourselves. We were trying to make runs instead of trying to keep the ball and we struggled with misplaced passes, which isn’t like us at all.”

In what was a testing night for Ralston, Brown believes the youngster can only benefit from the exposure to Europe’s most expensive forward line.

“Anthony got his body in, he defended when he could, he took a sore one in the throat when he took one on the goal-line,” said Brown. “He is a brave player and he will take a lot from that last night. The fact that the manager has enough faith in him to play him on a night like that against a team like PSG will tell him a lot and I am sure that he’ll be a better player for going through that.

“It was a tough night for him but I thought he done pretty well, all things considering. He was actually a wee bit unlucky with a chance in the second half otherwise he might have claimed a goal but he will take so much from it.”

Meanwhile, Brown is enthused by the contract extension that he signed with Celtic earlier this week.

The Parkhead skipper will receive a testimonial this year but has agreed an additional deal that sees him contracted to the club until 2019.

“I had spoken to the gaffer ages ago and he had told me that he would go and sort it out,” he said. “There are one or two others here who are probably in a better position to go and get a deal than what I was but I am delighted to get it. I had a good chat with Peter [Lawwell] to sort it out and I am delighted.”