By Dominic Toner
Celtic captain Scott Brown vows to put the club’s recent European woes behind them and secure a place in the Champions League group stages for the upcoming season.
The Scottish giants are looking to qualify to the groups for the first time in three years, they face Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar on Tuesday in the first-leg of the second qualifying round.
After moving to Celtic in 2007 from Hibernian, he insists he made the move in order to experience European success.
He told the Mail Online: “We need to get to the group stage. It has been two years now and it has been a hard two years to take.
“That is the reason I came to Celtic, to play in Champions League games against the big guns, and we are as good as anybody on our day.”
Ex-manager Gordan Strachan moved Brown to Celtic Park and redeployed him as a central midfielder, as opposed to playing off the striker like he previously used to.
He made 36 appearances for Celtic in all competitions last season, but had parts of the campaign interrupted by injury, including the last three games of the Hoops’ Scottish Premiership season.
The player has also represented his national side Scotland over 50 times and this year was added on to the country’s football team roll of honour doe his number of appearances. He joined an illusive list featuring the nations footballing stars such as Kenny Dalglish, Alex McLeish, Graeme Souness and Denis Law.
Brown will be keen to help Celtic secure a sixth successive Scottish Premiership alongside European success, however Old Firm rivals Rangers should provide a stern test for the champions.