Roy Keane thinks Celtic should look towards Dutch football for some new signings.
Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane before the game
Former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane has told ITV's Champions League Highlights Show (23/11/2016) that he thinks the Bhoys should look towards Dutch football for new signings.
Celtic were in Champions League action on Wednesday evening, as they hosted Barcelona at Celtic Park, with the Bhoys needing a win to keep their European hopes alive.
Whilst they kept the score down compared to September's 7-0 defeat at the Camp Nou, Celtic still lost to the La Liga giants, as Lionel Messi scored a goal in each half to hand Barcelona a 2-0 win.
The result means that Celtic are out of the Champions League, and some are already turning their attention to the Bhoys' attempts to reach the group stages of next season's Champions League.
Celtic team huddle before facing Barcelona
After two failed qualifying campaign under Ronny Deila, Celtic returned to the Champions League this season, and whilst their European dream ended abruptly, Rodgers will now be charged with the task of repeating the feat next term.
Following the final whistle on Wednesday, former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane spoke to ITV's Champions League Highlights Show about the Bhoys, and noted that they simply need more quality having ended the group stage with a goal difference of minus 11.
Keane urged Celtic to go out and bring in more quality ahead of next year's Champions League qualifiers, which many expect the Bhoys to be a part of given that they're coasting towards the Scottish Premiership title.
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
The Irishman added some transfer advice for Celtic, suggesting that they should target Dutch football for new signings, as under the radar players will fancy moves to Celtic in order to play Champions League football; this is of course a strategy that Celtic used to their advantage by signing Virgil van Dijk from Groningen in 2013, who is now one of the top Premier League defenders with Southampton.
“As much as I think they have improved in the competition, the reality is that they've scored four goals and conceded 15 – they need more quality,” said Keane. “I think they have to go out and invest. I know it's very, very difficult, it's easier said than done, but that's the big challenge now for Celtic. Can they get quality players into the football club, to help them bridge that gap, which is certainly there to see?”
“It's very easy for us to sit here and tell them to get them quality players in, maybe from the Dutch league? I think Celtic should be a big attraction for players under the radar, because they may look at Celtic and think there's a chance of playing in the Champions League,” he added.
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