Former Celtic striker John Hartson told talkSPORT that he feels the Europa League still represents a good challenge and a chance to impress for his old side.
The dust has now long since settled on Ronny Deila’s side going out of the Champions League at the hands of Malmo and Hartson feels the Europa League shouldn’t be a competition that the club overlooks.
“Celtic, the Europa League is probably the level they’re at right now – They’ll be delighted that they’re in Europe but it’s not as good as the Champions League, but they still have the chance of welcoming some decent sides to Celtic Park,” he told talkSPORT.
Benefits of the Europa League for Celtic
The Europa League creates a number of benefits for Celtic such as the higher quality of the sides they’ll come up against, should they make it to the later stages of the tournament.
The match against Inter Milan last season is a good example of the calibre of match that the team can experience, even though they’re not in the Champions League.
The competition also represents a chance for Deila to make changes and rotate his squad.
He’ll have to rest some key players at some point and the extra matches, which are created by the Europa League, are good opportunities for younger players and fringe players to get stuck in and show the manager why they deserve to be in the team on a more frequent basis.