Celtic’s John Collins explains why Liverpool’s Champions League exit is good for Europa League

Celtic assistant manager John Collins says that Liverpool playing in the Europa League will make the competition better.

Celtic assistant manager John Collins believes that Liverpool’s presence in the Europa League will enhance the reputation of the competition.

Premier League outfit Liverpool failed to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League, finishing third in Group B.

Brendan Rodgers’s side are now guaranteed a place in the round of 32 of the Europa League, and Collins claims that it is a positive for the competition.

"Obviously we watched last night and Liverpool dropped down into the Europa League, so that's great," BBC Sport quotes Collins as saying. "I think it enhances the tournament when the big boys drop in - it gets really exciting."

While Collins does have a point, one suspects that the Liverpool fans and players will not relish playing in the Europa League.

Europe’s elite feature in the Champions League, and that is where the Reds want to be season after season.

Celtic themselves were in with a chance of playing Champions League football this season, but the Scottish champions failed to qualify for the group stage.

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