Celtic's Champions League journey ended, as expected, in the pouring rain of Turin. But the comprehensive nature of Juventus's progress to the last eight should not detract from the contribution Celtic made to the tie and the eye-catching work undertaken by Neil Lennon and his players against continental opposition since they set out in the Champions League's qualifying stage seven months ago.
Celtic, trailing 3-0 from the pair's meeting in Scotland, should be applauded for the way they took the game to Juve over 180 minutes. "The difference is quality," Lennon said. "Quality counts and that was the difference between the two teams over both games.
"I think over the two games we played very well but we were just a little bit short in some areas. There is no disgrace in that. Juventus are a fantastic team with a great work ethic. Maybe they don't have the flamboyance of a Barcelona but they work so hard for each other, have great balance and are a threat going forward. They've got a great chance of winning it and I hope they do."
For Juve, the rehabilitation from their part in the match-fixing scandal which rocked their own club and Italian football continues. This team are well capable of extending their Champions League campaign even further; few teams will relish a visit to this wonderful, vibrant venue to face a team not lacking in points to prove.
Lennon left Celtic's first-leg fall-guy, Efe Ambrose, among the substitutes for the second leg and it later emerged that Ambrose had been fined by Lennon after missing the bus taking the Celtic team to training on Tuesday morning. "There was disciplinary action taken against him," Lennon said. "But it wouldn't have affected the team selection tonight."
The manager was clearly irked by questions on the issue. "Is this the best line of questioning you can do here?" he asked. "Are we not going to talk about the game? Are we going to talk about things that aren't important?" Ambrose, though, has let Celtic down. His poor performance at both ends of the pitch played a significant part in Juventus's victory in Glasgow, even before the defender's lack of professionalism in Turin.
Celtic opened brightly and Kris Commons should have shot when afforded a clear sight of goal 20 yards out, but the midfielder's attempted pass to Gary Hooper was scrambled clear by the Juventus defence. Commons was again wasteful when played in by Joe Ledley after 17 minutes. Ledley himself was the next to threaten, with a long-range effort which sailed only narrowly wide of Gianluigi Buffon's upright.
Juventus responded in the ruthless fashion which has so damaged Celtic. Hooper was brushed aside all too easily by Arturo Vidal, who fed Fabio Quagliarella. The forward's shot was palmed by Fraser Forster into the path of Alessandro Matri, who stroked home the rebound.
Forster, one of the stars of Celtic's European run, has been short of his finest form lately. He would again have been disappointed with the part he played in that Juve opener.
No such criticism could be thrown Buffon's way. He produced an outstanding, one-handed reaction save after a Commons shot was deflected by Hooper towards the home goal. With half an hour played, Celtic would already have been forgiven exasperation but they continued to attack. Georgios Samaras played a teasing ball across the Juventus six-yard box which Hooper failed to anticipate properly and therefore connect with.
Beram Kayal was afforded Celtic's last opportunity of the opening half but he midfielder headed straight at Buffon after meeting an Emilio Izaguirre cross.
Ambrose replaced the injured Wanyama at the interval, thereby almost inevitably bringing an end to the latter's Champions League career as a Celtic player. Wanyama's stock has risen to such an extent – particularly because of displays in Europe – that it would be a shock if he remained in Scotland beyond the summer.
Hooper and Forster, too, will have their suitors but such are the consequences of Celtic performing well on a grander stage than the Scottish Premier League.
"It is going to be very difficult," said Lennon when asked about retaining his prized players. "I think some of them want to progress their careers maybe out of Scotland. It's difficult to stop that progression.
"We are doing our job, we are bringing these young players in, developing them and hopefully selling them on for significantly more than what we paid to bring them in. We'll have a look at things and see how players are feeling at the end of the season."
Ambrose tried to supply a second-half consolation, but headed wide from a Charlie Mulgrew corner. At the opposite end, Celtic's shortcomings were exposed once again. The outstanding Vidal was allowed to evade Izaguirre, before offering a cut-back which Quagliarella easily converted.
Izaguirre appealed for offside against Vidal when, in reality, Celtic's Honduran left-back was culpable in playing him onside. The game regressed into a non-event after that second goal. The Old Lady cleared her throat, and sang.