Henrik Larrson has been backed to be the new Celtic manager

By Derek Smithson

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson believes that his former side can attract good players in the summer if they qualify for the Champions League group stages.

Brendan Rodgers will be looking for his team to be competitive in Europe next year as that was the only grey area during their spectacular treble-winning season.

The Bhoys were unbeaten domestically throughout the whole year and won three major trophies, but were unable to replicate the form in Europe.

They will begin their season early with qualifiers for the Champions League and will be aiming to secure their spot in the group stages.

Former Celtic striker Larsson believes this will be crucial in deciding whether top players move to the Scottish champions or not.

“It’s hard to look into other peoples minds, but I think as long as you are in all competitions you always have the chance to attract good players and now how many qualifiers do we have to play before we get in? (Champions League) Three,” Larsson told Sky Sports.

“So if we do that and get in yeah that’s great because then obviously it’s a lot easier. If you can guarantee European football that’s always a plus.”

Celtic made it to the group stages last season, but finished bottom of their standings.

They suffered a nightmare draw as they faced Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach and finished bottom.

The Bhoys have struggled in Europe during recent years and have not been a force since the days of Larsson, but will hope to bring in some quality additions in the summer.

In other Celtic transfer news, they have made contact for an available Premier League defender.

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