Depending on which way you look at it, booking your place in the Champions League group stages with a 92nd-minute winner to spare your followers a nerve-shredding extra time period against the Kazakh champions was either the ideal way to do it or something never to be repeated.
All the pre-match talk might have been about ritual sheep sacrifice but Shakhter Karagandy proved to be far more than just lambs to the slaughter last night. Considering the barren wasteland that Celtic's season would have become had they not overturned their two-goal disadvantage, and the extra £20m he may or may not have burning a hole in his pocket, Neil Lennon will be entitled to every moment of joy and relief he feels in the next 24 hours.
However, as exhilarating as this victory was, it will hardly blind the manager to the deficiencies of the squad he has as his disposal. Indeed, whatever else last night was it was hardly the most emphatic vote of confidence for Celtic's transfer business to date.
On an evening when they were holding out for a hero, the XI Lennon selected could hardly have had a more tried and tested look to it. Injury may have been a factor but, then, many of the more established players also went in to the match with aches and pains, meaning the presence of Virgil van Dijk, Derk Boerrigter and Amido Balde on the bench, and Steven Mouyokolo in the stands, suggested that they still have work to do in terms of winning their managers's trust. Fully 79 minutes had elapsed by the time Boerrigter, the most impressive of the bunch to date, entered the fray and it was stoppage time before Van Dijk was summoned to win a few late headers.
Considering the most striking deficiency was up front, where Anthony Stokes again struggled to convince he can be the dead-eyed finisher Celtic will need on occasions like this, the Irishman's role in the winner will have been sweet indeed. He could have made things easier on everybody had he converted a James Forrest cross at the far post rather than strike the bar, but Stokes conjured a bit of off-the-cuff magic to slalom past three defenders to repay the favour for the young winger's late clincher.
With some notable exceptions - Miku, Emilio Izaguirre, Victor Wanyama, Kelvin Wilson and Gary Hooper - this was a vote of confidence in the boys who beat Barcelona. Few thrived in the Champions League last season as much as Kris Commons, so it was appropriate that the one man who was generally excused from the malaise which afflicted Celtic in Astana should have a starring role again. One effort from 30 yards in that game had struck the underside of the bar, and another swish of that sweet left foot in first-half injury time sent Parkhead into a tumult.
The manager's team talk altered significantly in that moment, and a Celtic side who had appeared to be running out of ideas re-emerged with a frenzy. Mikael Lustig, who deputised well at centre-back, lashed in an errant shot which landed at the feet of Georgios Samaras, and another of the club's Champions League lucky charms from last season steered it in neatly.
As the celebrations subsided, it still seemed uncharitable to point out how close it all came to not happening; how the long throws of Gediminas Vicius could still leave the centre of the Celtic defence all a tremble; how Adam Matthews had to clear an Aldin Dzidic header off his line; and how Sergei Khizhnichenko hit only the bar when one Vicius throw was allowed to bounce in the six-yard box. Such little details will not have gone entirely unnoticed. That is why the chief executive can probably expect to find a Northern Irishman knocking on his door again in the next 24 hours.