Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he doesn’t feel the benefits of the Europa League will lessen the pain of his side missing out on the Champions League.
The Bhoys failed for a second season in a row to qualify for Europe’s top club competition, with Swedish side Malmo proving too tough for Celtic to get the better of over two legs.
However, the Norwegian coach is still confident that Celtic can salvage a good season on both European and domestic fronts.
“It is not going to lessen the pain. We are disappointed we didn’t go through because that was one of our big goals but that is how it is,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“We have to go on and now we have some exciting games in the Europa League and we also have big games domestically that can make the season good.”
What should be the priority for Celtic?
The priority has to be the domestic scene and Celtic retaining their dominance in terms of the Scottish Premiership and domestic cup competitions.
The Bhoys secured a double last season and Deila will be eager for his side to go one better with a treble, which would put them into the history books.
The Europa League creates some exciting possibilities in terms of finances and for players looking to force their way into the team but taking care of business within Scotland should be the priority ahead of another crack at the Champions League next year.