Brendan Rodgers’ side were handed a 2-0 humbling by the Dutch champions last night in their opening Champions League encounter in Rotterdam.
Stengs drew first blood for Arne Slot’s team and remained a standout performer in the match.
Celtic were initially successful in keeping a rein on Stengs’ on-field operations and Van Bronckhorst explained that the Bhoys observed the Dutch star well.
The ex-Rangers boss further added that the strategy did not hold for long and space was opened for the Dutch star to show his threatening ability.
“In the first half, Stengs had very little space to become a threat”, Van Bronckhorst said to Dutch channel RTL 7 (via Voetbal International).
“Celtic had studied him well. They were closing him down whenever he was on the ball and covered him well.
“After the break, the spaces opened up and then he became more of a threat.
“He is a threat when he receives the ball and gets space.“
The Scottish champions are keen on making an impact on the Champions League this season and now their next group game has taken on added importance.