Chris Sutton: This is what Celtic fans will be thinking about the Champions League
By Derek Smithson
Chris Sutton believes that Celtic fans will be expecting big things in the Champions league next season.
The Bhoys ended the season with a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday and sealed a treble during Brendan Rodgers’ first year in charge.
They managed to go the entire domestic campaign unbeaten and will go down in the club’s history for their achievements.
However, they did suffer disappointment in Europe and were dumped out of the Champions League group stages.
Sutton claims that the expectations of their supporters will have increased ahead of Europe next season, where they will be hoping to be more competitive.
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“Champions League is important, the qualifiers come really quickly,” Sutton told BT Sport. “It will be interesting because I think the expectation level will have risen amongst the support.
“Again I think it is a big summer in the transfer market for Brendan Rodgers, it will be interesting to see who he recruits.”
Celtic were drawn in a difficult Champions League group this season and finishing bottom of the pile meant they didn’t even drop down to the Europa League.
They were drawn alongside Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach and were unable to win a single fixture.
Rodgers’ side were humbled 7-0 away to Barcelona in one game and there was a worrying gulf in class, but did show some fight by drawing twice with English side Man City.
They will be hoping to be much more competitive next year and will have to negotiate through the qualifying rounds first.
In other Celtic news, the club’s supporters reacted to Callum McGregor’s international snub.