Chris Sutton has predicted in The Daily Record that the current Celtic squad is not good enough to qualify for the Champions League or the Europa League.
If Celtic win the Scottish Premiership title this season, then they will enter the 2016-17 Champions League qualifying stage at the second round.
If Ronny Deila’s side end up second or third, then they will feature in the Europa League first qualifying round.
Sutton believes that the current Celtic squad will fail to get past the qualifying rounds of the Champions League or the Europa League.
“Champions League?” the former Celtic striker wrote in The Daily Record. “There is absolutely no chance of that current group in their current form and state of mind or under the current management qualifying for the group stage next season.
“I'll go one step further. I wouldn't expect, as it stands right now, for Celtic to get through a Europa League qualifier and that is a very painful thing to have to say given some of the nights I was fortunate enough to experience and participate in at Celtic Park at the highest level.”
Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 63 points from 28 matches.
The Hoops are just four points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, who will fancy their chances of winning the league title this campaign.
The Glasgow giants will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they take on Greenock Morton at Celtic Park in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.