Celtic coach John Kennedy has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he won’t hesitate to seek the advice of former Rangers manager Stuart McCall, to help the Bhoys in their quest to qualify for the Champions League.
Celtic were handed an interesting game in the qualifying round draw yesterday, against Stjarnan in the fight to reach the Champions League group stage and Kennedy will seek the help of McCall, who encountered the Icelandic side during his time with Motherwell.
“Yeah, why not? He has experienced playing against them and there's no reason why we can't ask the question,” he told the GET.
“We will do our homework and that will be the first stop, we will make sure we tap into the knowledge of players or management of teams who have played against them before.”
How can the ex-Rangers boss help?
McCall is a good figure for Celtic to turn to because he can offer an insight and opinion into where Stjarnan have weaknesses.
Celtic can’t listen to those views completely because the situation has changed since McCall worked for Motherwell, but he can offer an insight into the brand of football Celtic can expect from the game.
Deila’s extra determination
Celtic boss Ronny Deila will have extra determination heading into the game because of the way the team struggled against Maribor last season.
He’s still got some momentum after winning a double and is looking to make a point in the Champions League.
The Norwegian will want his players to start their season with a bang, which will help to send out a warning to their domestic and European rivals in the months to come.