Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times why he feels it’s important his team don’t take their eyes away from their Scottish Premiership duties.
The domestic league season gets underway this weekend and the Norwegian will be hoping his team can get off to a good start, setting up an important second leg game against FC Qarabag in the Champions League next week.
“Without winning the league we would not have these games so it is important that we also focus on our league duties and make sure we are as consistent as we possibly can be,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“We are looking forward to lifting the flag. It is a great day for the club and its supporters and hopefully it is the start of another strong season for us.”
“We want to get off to a good start but, of course, we also want to do everything we can to get into the Champions League.”
Is the league more important for Celtic than Europe?
The Scottish Premiership is a vital competition for Celtic because it’s the real test of their consistency and as Deila himself points out, the club wouldn’t have the chance to play in Europe without their league success.
The difficulty for the Bhoys is that their domestic strength is obvious and that makes them a target for every team they come up against in the league.
It’s a long season, which also creates problems for Ronny Deila in terms of the matches stacking up think and fast, though it’s an issue he does have experience of dealing with.
The league is Celtic’s bread and butter, but the Champions League is a competition, which gives the side an opportunity to move up to the next level.