By Alex Taylor
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has outlined his ambitions for the Bhoys Champions League campaign this season.
The Northern Irish boss took charge of the club this summer and has the important task of returning the Glasgow giants to club football’s most prestigious tournament.
The former Liverpool boss has taken over a Celtic side that spent two years out of the Champions League under former boss Ronnie Delia.
“We’re very honoured and privileged to work here but we want to bring the club back into the highest level, which is the Champions League,” Rodgers told the official Celtic Twitter account.
BR: "We're very honoured and privileged to work here but we want to bring the club back into the highest level, which is #UCL" (MH)
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 16, 2016
“I want to get the players, the club and supporters back into an environment where the club is renowned.”
“We will do everything we possibly can to make that European dream come true. All I can promise is team & staff will do our very best.”
The Hoops beat the Lincoln Red Imps 3-1 in their first qualifying round before running out as 3-2 winners against Astana earlier this month.
Celtic are now preparing for the next stage of qualification for the tournament against Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Wednesday evening.
Rodgers joined Celtic after being sacked by Liverpool last October and has one win from one game in charge in the Scottish Premier League – beating Harts 2-1 at the Tynecastle Stadium two weeks ago.
The former Swansea manager has strengthened the Hoops with the signings of Dembele, Sinclair, Kolo Toure, PJ Crossan and Kristoffer Ajer this summer as he faces the task of winning the Scottish Premiership with fierce rivals Rangers returning to the top-flight.