Frank McAvennie has claimed that Celtic should be reaching the group stages of the Champions League every year “without a shadow of a doubt”. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Parkhead hero also suggested the Hoops have not learned their lesson from last year’s Europa League “wake-up call”.

The Bhoys crashed humiliatingly out of the Champions League on Wednesday night night after a 2-1 qualifying defeat to Hungarian outfit Ferencvárosi TC, and will now face another campaign in Europe’s second competition.

Following that disappointing result, McAvennie has spoken out to argue that his former club must be demanding more success on the continent.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “They had a wake-up call last year. Now they are back in the Europa League.

“It is not the best playing every Thursday and every Sunday.

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“Celtic should be in the group stages of the Champions League, there is no question. They should get to the group stage every year without a shadow of a doubt. That is what the fans want.

“They have Motherwell at home at the weekend and it is just as well the fans are not back in for that one!”

Celtic haven’t made it to the Champions League proper since the 2017/18 campaign, eventually finishing third in their group behind PSG and Bayern Munich.

Last season the Hoops bowed out of the competition in the third qualifying round after being beaten over two legs by Romanian outfit CFR Cluj.

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