Celtic coach John Kennedy has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels the Bhoys are in a much better position than they were this time last year.
Kennedy told the paper that it’s only when he looks back on the period when Ronny Deila first came into the club, that he realises the scale of the changes that were taking place last summer.
However, he’s adamant that the club has moved on and is well prepared as they look to build on the success of the last 11 months.
“Last year when we came in there were a lot of changes, personnel and the backroom team – It was difficult,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“You look back now and you realise just how much was going on. It must have been very difficult for the players to deal with the pressure of trying to get in the Champions League.”
“We are much better prepared now. The players know exactly how we work, we know exactly what the players are all about, and we have to just make sure we focus on the job in hand.”
Champions League is vital for Celtic
Qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League is vital for Celtic for a number of reasons.
It’s important in terms of creating extra finances for manager Ronny Deila to use moving forward, as he looks to develop the squad and improve his options in all areas.
It’s also important for the development of the players, because exposing them to a higher standard of opponent will help them to refine their games.
Numbers settling in have reduced
There will be far fewer individuals settling in and adapting to changes at Celtic this summer compared to last.
The majority of the squad knows everything that manager Ronny Deila is about and they have bought into his methods.
The only individuals settling in and adapting to changes should be any new players signed in the transfer market or any staff hired by the club.