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19th Apr, 2017 | 10:23am

Andy Lynch: This is how many players Celtic need to compete in the Champions League

By Amir Mir

Andy Lynch has urged Celtic to add three top-quality operators to their side if they want to compete regularly in the Champions League.

Former Bhoys left-back Lynch singled out the midfield and stated they need to specifically improve in that area.

Brendan Rodgers side have had a successful campaign on the Scottish domestic circuit this term, but didn’t fair too well in the Champions League.

They were knocked out at the group stages after accumulating only three points in a group consisting of Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Lynch offered his thoughts on what the club can achieve but insisted that they must improve in order to compete on the European stage.

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“Celtic could sweep up in Scottish football for seasons to come and with the addition of two or three top-quality operators, especially in midfield,” said Lynch, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“They have the potential under Rodgers to compete more regularly in the last 16 of the Champions League.”

Rodgers side produced mixed results during their Champions League adventure from losing 7-0 at Barcelona to recording a 1-1 draw away at Manchester City.

They will be looking to improve on their performances on the European stage if they qualify for the competition next term.

Rodgers, who is in his debut season at Parkhead, will be looking to continue the success on the domestic scene away in Europe.

In Scotland, the Bhoys are on course to win the treble after they clinched the Scottish League Cup in November and were crowned champions in April.

They take on Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday afternoon in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish believes this Rangers team would beat the current Bhoys side.

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