Brian Deane makes confident claim about Celtic

Former West Ham United and Sheffield United striker Brian Deane backs Celtic to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League next season.

Former Leeds United and West Ham United striker Brian Deane has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic will be a success in the Champions League in the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.

The Bhoys won the Scottish Premiership title last season and will feature in the qualifying rounds of Europe’s premier club competition.

Ronny Deila’s side will face Icelandic side Stjarnan in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The qualifiers start next month, and former Sarpsborg 08 Fotballforening manager Deane has backed the Hoops to do well.

“Celtic will do well in the Champions League this year,” the former Sheffield United striker told The Scottish Sun.

“They showed enough promise last season to suggest things will work out better this time around.

“They showed what they could do in the Europa League and came close to knocking out Inter Milan.”

Tricky tie

Despite Celtic heading into the tie against Urvalsdeild champions Stjarnan as favourites, they cannot be complacent, especially as the first leg is at Celtic Park.

The Hoops will need to win that game by a good margin, or else they will face a tricky trip to Iceland a week later.

Celtic failed to progress to the group stage of the Champions League last season, and they will certainly not want to repeat the same failure this term.

Stjarnan came close to qualifying for the Europa League group stage last season, and they will give it a go this time around as well.

Last season, after getting the better of KR Reykjavik and Legia Warsaw in the second and third qualifying rounds respectively, Celtic faced NK Maribor in the playoff round.

Although the Scottish giants drew the first leg of the tie 1-1 in Slovenia, they lost the second leg 1-0 at Celtic Park.

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