Erik Sviatchenko’s comments suggests proactive nature of Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after the game

Celtic are already planning for next season’s Champions League, suggests Erik Sviatchenko.

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko looks dejected

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has revealed to The Daily Record that the club started their preparations for the 2017-18 Champions League campaign as soon as they were knocked out this season.

The Bhoys qualified for the group stage of 2016-17 Champions League after failing to do so for two years under Brendan Rodgers’s predecessor Ronny Deila.

The Glasgow giants, though, failed to progress to the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition.

Celtic ended at the bottom of Group C behind Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Sviatchenko, who operates as a centre-back and is 25 years of age, has revealed that the Bhoys started planning for next season’s Champions League as soon as they got knocked out this term.

“Our preparations for next season’s challenges began virtually the day when we were knocked out of this season,” Sviatchenko told The Daily Record. “It is a clear and natural part of being a top club.

“With great respect for our environment we are working to be better in the long run and it is a project that may run the next four to five years.

“Not just now or next year. It must be sustainable in the long term. There has been an amazing structure put into things.”

Sviatchenko’s comments highlighted manager Rodgers’s proactive nature. The former Liverpool and Swansea City manager clearly wants to guide the Hoops to the group stage of the Champions League next season.

Celtic are dominating Scottish football at the moment and should wrap up the Scottish Premiership title very soon.

The Glasgow giants will probably use the final months of the season to prepare for the Champions League qualifiers in the summer.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

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