Midfielder highlights an important factor in Celtic’s Champions League chances

Stefan Johansen hopes that Celtic keep hold of their best players in order to progress to the Champions League group stage.

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has been quoted as saying by the club’s official Twitter page that the Bhoys need to keep hold of their key players in order to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League next season.

The 24-year-old Norway international believes that the current Hoops squad is good enough to make it through the qualifying rounds of Europe's premier club competition.

“I hope we keep most of our players because the team we have now is good enough to get into the Champions League,” Johansen is quoted as saying by Celtic’s official website.

Just like last season, Scottish Premiership champions Celtic will have to to negotiate tough qualifying rounds.

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 giants drew the first leg of the tie 1-1 in Slovenia, they lost the second leg 1-0 at Celtic Park.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will be more prepared this time around for the Champions League qualifiers than he was last season.

The Norwegian will probably have to make some signings to make his squad better for the qualifiers, but it will also be important to keep hold of his best players.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch