Tom Boyd: Celtic's squad can handle the pressure of the Champions League

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Former Celtic player Tom Boyd feels the current side need to gear everything towards qualifying for the Champions League group stage.

Former Celtic and Scotland defender Tom Boyd told the Glasgow Evening Times he feels the current side are well suited to dealing with the pressure of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

The Bhoys fell short at the hands of Maribor last year, which was a negative way for Ronny Deila to start his career with the club.

However, he guided Celtic to a domestic double last season and Boyd feels everything the club does in pre-season will be aimed at ensuring they are competitive in terms of qualifying for Europe.

“I think the players can handle the pressure. They never got it this year, but there is always next season,” he said.

“But for now I think forget all about the Treble everything to do with pre-season is geared towards qualifying for the Champions League.”

The Champions League is a competition which creates obvious benefits for Celtic as a club financially and for the players, in terms of improving their quality.

It’s very important the side corrects the wrongs of last season, because Deila will feel as though he’s got a point to prove on the European scene.

The Bhoys have a very intimidating home crowd, as Barcelona have found out in the recent past, and they should be confident of success if they can force their way into the group stages.

The Champions League creates an entirely different level of pressure and if the players are exposed to that, it could bring out the very best in them rather than intimidating them and it’s a platform that Celtic deserve to be part of.

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