Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times suggesting that everything the club has done this summer, has been aimed at the club’s Champions League qualifier against FC Stjarnan.
The Bhoys will be looking to get into the group stage of the competition after missing out on qualification this time last summer and the Norwegian has revealed how intensely he, and the club, has been preparing for the challenge.
“Our whole summer was about looking to this game, about being ready for it, mentally as well as physically,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“There is not one player in our squad who does not know how big a game this is for us.”
“I have every confidence that they are ready to go. They know what we need to do. The players are hungry.”
One match at a time
What Deila’s comments show is that he’s getting his players to look at things on a match by match basis.
It could be very easy for the players to allow their mentality to slip, drifting towards the Scottish Premiership season and how the club can build on the success of last season.
However, there’s no point in Deila letting that happen because if the focus slips away from the Champions League, the club could miss out on qualification which would be negative for the club.
Why is the Champions League important for Celtic?
It’s a vital competition for Celtic for three main reasons; the quality of the competition and how that can improve the squad, the financial aspect and the pulling power the Champions League provides in terms of possible new signings.
It’s vital that the club don’t make it two seasons in a row without football in Europe’s main club competition.