Celtic new boy Scott Allan has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times that the chance to play European football at the club was a major factor behind his decision to join.
Allan was recently confirmed as the latest new signing under manager Ronny Deila, as the Bhoys snapped him up from under the noses of local rivals Rangers.
The Gers were one of the teams in for him according to the paper, but he’s suggested that the chance to play in Europe was something that he couldn’t ignore.
“It was as clear as that - going up a division and the chance of European football. It’s the chance for me to train and develop with really good international players,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
Europe is massive for every Celtic player
If Celtic can make it through their play-off game against Malmo in the Champions League to secure a place in the group stage, it’s going to be a massive challenge for the players at the club.
The quality and intensity will be a step up from anything they’re used to at the moment and that should help to improve the quality of all players in Celtic’s squad.
As Allan suggests, the prospect of playing in the Champions League will also be a useful tool in the transfer market, if Deila feels that he still needs players towards the end of the transfer window.
Celtic just need to be professional to ensure that they get there.