Celtic manager Ronny Deila claims his team are more prepared than they were this time last year to play in Europe, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
The Bhoys will be looking to go one better than they managed last summer, in terms of ensuring their place in the Champions League group stage.
It’s a competition that everyone connected to the club will want to compete in and one, which could change how Celtic go about the start of next season if they qualify.
“Our goal now is the group stage. We are much more prepared than we were last year but the Europa League was good for us because we got more experience and had two good games against Inter Milan,” said the boss.
“That can help us in the Champions League. I have experienced a lot of tough times on the football pitch as a player and as a manager.”
The Champions League is a platform that Celtic need because it creates a number of benefits for the club.
The increased finances involved and the appeal of the competition means that Celtic can go after a higher calibre of player in the transfer market.
The competition will also improve the squad because of the rivalry to get playing time in Europe, as well as exposing Celtic’s players to a higher standard of opposition than they are used to on a weekly basis in Scotland.
The club have had a full season to bed in under Deila and get used to his methods and what he demands in one game time to the next.
Hopefully there won’t be any slip ups and Celtic can ensure they start next season with a bang.