Lennon urges Celtic not to overlook the Europa League

Ex-Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stressed the opportunity facing his old club in Europe.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon told talkSPORT that he doesn’t want to see the Bhoys neglect the Europa League this season.

Celtic find themselves playing European football on Thursday nights after they failed to get into the Champions League group stage, after defeat at the hands of Swedish side Malmo.

However, Lennon has stressed the benefit of the position Celtic are in as a massive club involved in a competition, where they can seriously challenge.

“The importance of those games is enormous because it means so much to everyone whether it’s the manager, the players, the board, the supporters. It’s really difficult qualifying, it really is tough because you just don’t know who you’re going to get,” he told talkSPORT.

“They’ve got the Europa League and maybe that’s where they are at the minute, but if they can challenge in the Europa League then they can have a very, very good season.”

What’s the priority for Celtic this season?

It’s difficult to judge where Ronny Deila will choose to focus Celtic’s efforts following the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League.

Building on the domestic double of last season is important and the club will be going all out for a treble, but the Europa League can’t be overlooked.

Win that competition and Celtic will guarantee themselves a place in the Champions League for the following season, giving them a huge incentive to take the competition seriously.

Offered a domestic treble or winning the Europa League would make it very interesting to see which decision Deila would make.

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