Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven comments on playing in the Europa League

Celtic star Gary Mackay-Steven has stressed the importance of his club not overlooking the Europa League.

Celtic star Gary Mackay-Steven has told the club’s official website that the Europa League isn’t a competition to be overlooked.

Celtic went out of the Champions League at the hands of Malmo earlier this week and face another season playing their European games on a Thursday night.

It was a blow because of the obvious benefits the Champions League creates, but Mackay-Steven feels there is still everything to play for.

“It’s still a big competition. The Champions League is obviously where we wanted to play but that’s gone now and the Europa League is the next big thing, so we’ll need to focus,” he told celticfc.net.

“There are a lot of great teams in the tournament and we want to improve ourselves on the European stage. There are still big European games to look forward to.”

A positive spin is needed

Celtic could feel sorry for themselves because Deila wanted to test himself and his players in Europe’s elite club competition.

However, there’s no point in allowing that mentality to creep into the squad because it can have negative knock on effects which affect the team across other competitions.

The Bhoys are in a situation where they need key figures around the club and in the team to step up, as they look to inject some energy into the side.

Celtic will only protect and improve on their double from last season if they are playing with confidence and with a spring in their step, as they deal with setbacks effectively.

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