Celtic captain Scott Brown told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels the Bhoys are definitely a Champions League standard team.
Brown made the bold statement ahead of the team’s next qualifying game against Qarabag as they aim to reach the group stage under manager Ronny Deila, after missing out on taking part in the competition this time last year.
“We are definitely a Champions League team. We are good enough to get there, but it is one thing to say it and another to do it. That is the real test. If we are good enough then this is the time for us to go out and prove it,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“These games are difficult. They are a test and you have to be ready for them. We know what it takes to get to the Champions League. The rewards are there, but you need to be good enough.”
Celtic should back their quality
When it comes down to the key man-to-man battles which determine any game, Celtic can be confident that in the majority of games, they will have enough to get themselves over the line.
Celtic have experience and quality in all areas of their team and they should have more than enough to get the better of Qarabag over the course of two legs.
The real challenge could be a mental one because of the disappointment that a large portion of the squad experienced last summer.
It’s the responsibility of Deila and players like Brown to step forward and make sure that’s not an issue, because competing in the Champions League is vital for the progression of the football club in terms of finances and improving the quality in the squad.