Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels the Bhoys need to sharpen up with their approach to Europe.
The defender has suggested that the club was too naïve and open this time last year, as the club failed to secure a place in the Champions League group stage.
He’s also described what he sees as the main difference between European games for Celtic and situations in Scottish football, when teams let the Bhoys have possession and fill in to simply try and secure a draw.
“I think we were a little too naive in Europe last season. If we missed passes we got punished more than we do in the Scottish Premiership. You need to win the game in Europe. An SPL team may go with 10 men (behind the ball) but in Europe the other team has to score,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But we are going to be more up for it this season and not as naïve - If we play as we can, they shouldn't be able beat us but it's football and crazy things can happen.”
What’s different for Celtic about this summer?
Celtic face a difficult challenge to get the better of Stjarnan this evening and to force their way into the Champions League group stage.
However, they are arguably in a better position in terms of Europe than they were this time last year when Celtic boss Ronny Deila found himself thrust into the spotlight, with very little time to work closely with the players.
The squad have had a full season to get used to Deila’s methods and he’s had a full season to know where the strengths and weaknesses are in terms of his ideal starting eleven.
There are some fresh faces, but the settling and developing relationships are much smaller in number compared to last year and that should definitely help the side.