Kris Commons: Current Celtic squad better than that of two years ago

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Kris Commons seems confident of Celtic’s chances of playing in the Champions League next season.

Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons has told The Daily Record that his side can qualify for next season’s Champions League campaign.

The Bhoys failed to get into the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition last season.

After getting the better of KR Reykjavik and Legia Warsaw in the second and third qualifying rounds respectively, Celtic faced NK Maribor in the playoff round.

Although the Scottish Premiership champions drew the first leg of the tie 1-1 in Slovenia, they lost the second leg 1-0 at Celtic Park.

Failure to qualify for the Champions League came as a huge disappointment to Celtic, and Commons has insisted that the players will make it right this time around.

“The squad is good enough to get into the Champions League,” the former Nottingham Forest star told The Daily Record. “This is a better squad than when we got to the last 16 two seasons ago.

“Man for man, if you look through the squad, then we still have a huge amount of talent in this dressing room, despite losing a lot of big players and top professionals.”

It is a bold comment from Commons, especially when one considers the players Celtic had two years ago.

Gary Hooper, Victor Wanyama, Joe Ledley and Fraser Forster were playing for the Bhoys in 2013, and all of them were quality players.

In the 2013-14 campaign, Celtic reached the round of 16 in the Champions League, defeating Spanish giants Barcelona in the group stage.

While the current Celtic squad is a good one, their main test will be in Europe. After all, they were pretty much assured of the Scottish Premiership title this campaign.

True, Aberdeen challenged the Bhoys this season, but Celtic have the best squad in Scotland and it is doubtful if anyone ever thought that they would not win the title this campaign.

If Celtic are a better team now than they were two years ago, then they will have to prove it by at least qualifying for the group stage of the 2015-16 Champions League campaign.

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