Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he hopes the side have learned a lesson from missing out on the Champions League group stage last season.
The Bhoys failed to get the better of Maribor in the qualifying round, which confined them to the Europa League and it’s important the team make sure they don’t make the same mistakes for a second time in as many years.
“Qualifying from the Europa League was still a decent achievement, though, and we could have gone a little further,” he said.
“I hope we have learned from the experience and can all go and try to go one better in the new season.”
European football is vital for Celtic, as they look to continue growing and developing as a side and a club under manager Ronny Deila.
The financial benefits that the Champions League creates are obvious and could lead to the Norwegian have more money to invest into the team towards the end of the summer or looking ahead to the winter.
It’s also a competition which will be important in relation to the development of the team, because it exposes players to a much higher level of competition.
It will also help Deila to become a better manager because his tactics and various systems will be forensically examined by stubborn back fours and talented attacks.
Unlike this time last year, the Bhoys will have spent more time together under Deila when they take on the challenge of qualifying for the Champions League group stage.
Celtic deserve to be in the Champions League and need to be playing at that level of European football. Hopefully the players can make no mistakes.