Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times why he feels his side struggled in the Champions League earlier this season.
The Bhoys were confined to a season in the Europa League when they failed to get the better of NK Maribor, losing 2-1 after the two legs of their play-off.
It wasn’t a great way for Deila to get started at the club and he puts it down to the way he initially arrived at Parkhead.
“I played a game with Stromsgodset in Norway on a Wednesday and was ready with Celtic on the Friday. It was all so quick,” he said.
“A couple of weeks later we were in the Champions League qualifiers, which I had been preparing for with Stromsgodset. It will be a very different situation this summer.”
It’s easy to see why Deila’s head was scrambled, as he had to change his preparations for the Champions League and adapt to a new club quickly.
Fortunately, the club have played well in the Scottish Premiership this season and will get another crack at the Champions League when next year gets underway.
They have plenty of reasons to be confident with Deila having a better measure over his squad and the club, while the crowd at Parkhead can be intimidating for even the most experienced sides in European football.
Hopefully Deila can get the Bhoys motivated through July and August to set the record straight and hopefully Celtic can take their place in the group stage for next season.
It’s a competition which creates a number of benefits for the club, with a big financial incentive as well as the platform for the players to improve.