Even though Celtic have just won the domestic treble for the second year in a row, thoughts are already turning towards next season, and the Champions League qualifiers.

The matches which define the Hoops’ season are set to begin in July, as they now have four rounds to overcome before reaching the money spinning group stages.

There is no doubt transfer rumours will dominate in the build-up to the games, and it is vitally important for the Hoops that if they plan on selling any of their ‘bigger’ players, it is done after the qualifiers are over.

The Bhoys have managed to pull off this balancing act before, as the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster have been allowed to leave the club in August, but only after the qualifiers have ended.

It is a gamble to do this, but the Hoops board and Brendan Rodgers will see it as a gamble worth taking, and the qualifiers are make or break for the Hoops.

It is vitally important for the Bhoys that they reach the group stages every season for the difference it makes to the club’s finances is overwhelming.

If a trade-off for that is that a player leaves the club in August them most fans will feel that it is the right thing to do, as the future of the club is far more important than any individual player.

The next few months could be very interesting indeed for Hoops fans.

In other Celtic news, John Kennedy has paid tribute to the Hoops’ treble winners

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