UEFA have announced changes to the qualifying process for the Champions League group stages from next season, and these changes demand that Celtic get their summer transfer business conducted as quickly as possible.
The major changes, as announced on UEFA’s website, are that teams – including the Hoops, should they win the league – will now have to play four qualifying rounds, instead of three, to qualify for the lucrative group stages.
They also announced that the qualifiers begin on the 10th of July, which is only eight weeks after the end of the Scottish Premiership season.
With the World Cup also taking place during the summer, it’s vital that Brendan Rodgers and the board at Celtic Park get any transfer business done as soon as the season ends.
It’s vital that any new signings are bedded into the squad and familiar with their team-mates as soon as the qualifying process begins.
What the Bhoys shouldn’t do is repeat the process of previous years, where they have waited to see if they make the group stage proper of the Champions League before making additions to the side.
Time is too tight for that to happen this season, and if the Bhoys are serious about making the qualifying process easier than it has been in recent years, deal have to be done as soon as possible.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been linked with Celta Vigo striker Borja Iglesias