Celtic captain Scott Brown has told the Glasgow Evening Times there is a real belief that the squad feels they deserve to be in the Champions League.
Europe is one thing Ronny Deila wasn’t able to master in his first season at Parkhead, but the Bhoys now have a real chance to make an impression heading into the next campaign.
Celtic have a shot at securing a place in the Champions League group stages, which will allow Deila to become the latest manager of the club to test himself in European competition.
“We had the Europa League which was good and I think we learned a lot from it last season but I do think that there isn't a footballer anywhere who doesn't want to test themselves in the Champions League,” he said.
“We think we deserve to be in that kind of company. We have showed in the past with some of the results we have achieved that we can hold our own.”
The Champions League is an important platform for Celtic for a variety of reasons, with one of the most obvious being the financial aspect.
The TV rights as well as various commercial possibilities create extra revenue for the club and extra benefits for Deila.
He can reinvest that cash into his first team, which creates positive knock on effects centred on the competition itself as well as the domestic front where Celtic are under constant pressure to succeed.
The Champions League is also something, which will help to improve the overall quality and sharpness of the squad.
One of the only ways for any group of players to be able to progress and improve is if they are subjected to a higher level of competition.
There are likely to be plenty more European nights in the future for Celtic to look forward to.