Expert: Celtic could now form alliance with rivals to break into 'Europe's elite'
Celtic could pool resources and knowledge with rival clubs in order to bridge the gap between themselves and the European elite.
That is the view of training ground expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Celtic have won 10 of the last 11 Scottish Premiership titles but have not gone past the first knockout round of either the Europa League or Champions League in almost 20 years.
Ange Postecoglou’s side were beaten 3-0 by Real Madrid in their opening Champions League group stage game on Tuesday (6 September) despite arguably having the best of the first half.
The European Club Association meanwhile announced the launch of the ECA Network last Thursday (1 September).
The collaborative project aims to facilitate knowledge sharing between aspirational clubs, from commercial and financial advice to sports science and scouting methods.
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Dinnery suggests that Celtic, as ECA members, could use the network to help smash the glass ceiling in Europe.
“Any information that you can glean in terms of best practice, knowledge, education and research is going to help you,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“This inclusive network is made to try and develop and move teams forwards and maybe close that gap between the elite and those on the fringes.
“It’s all about reaching that next level on the ladder. It’s difficult for clubs like Celtic because they aren’t as well resourced as some of the other elite clubs.
“They are also limited by the league they play in. You need to play at a high level week in, week out in order to hold your own among Europe’s elite.
“That’s always going to be an issue in Scotland because it doesn’t have the money of the major leagues in European football, so anything you can use to try and give you a chance, it’s worth exploring.”