Celtic will be reduced to 'stepping stone' for new signings after 'huge' news

By Danny Mills

6th May, 2022 | 1:30pm

Celtic to be 'stepping stone' for new signings after 'massive' development - pundit

Celtic may become a “stepping stone” for new signings this summer, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender delivered his verdict after the “massive” news that Celtic look set to enter next season’s Champions League at the group stage.

ESPN’s Dale Johnson reported on Monday (2 May) that the Scottish champions will enter at the group stages after Russian sides were banned from the competition.

After the 1-1 draw with Rangers on Sunday (1 May), the Hoops are six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with just three games left to play.

“It’s huge, absolutely huge,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“You’ve got six Champions League games with the crowd, marketing, sponsorship and TV money is absolutely huge.

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“You can say to players they will be playing in the Champions League. Even if it’s just for a season you can put them in the shop window and say ‘Go and ply your trade against the best, if you want to use this club as a stepping stone, do it’.

“It’s a win-win. If the player does well and performs they can sell him for big money and reinvest it.

“It’s massive and if Rangers are not careful and unfortunately do not win the Europa League it could stretch that gap a little bit.”

Next season will be the first time Celtic have competed in the Champions League group stages since the 2017-18 campaign.

The Bhoys finished behind Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich but ahead of Anderlecht and dropped into the Europa League as a result.

In other news, Celtic are working on signing a senior star to replace a 27-year-old who has been told he can leave.