Celtic captain Scott Brown believes that the Hoops should be aiming to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League next season.

The Hoops finished third in the group stages of the tournament last season, and should they reach the group stages next season Brown has set his team-mates a big target to achieve.

“I don’t see why not,” Brown said, as quoted by the Herald, when he was asked if the Hoops can take that next step forward in Europe.

“The manager wants us to push on and we want to do that as well.”

The Bhoys haven’t reached the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition since 2013, when they lost 5-0 on aggregate to Juventus.

Last season the Hoops reached the last 32 of the Europa League, but were soundly beaten 3-1 on aggregate by Zenit.

Football Insider verdict

There is no doubt that Brown will believe that the Hoops can make an impression on the Champions League should they reach the group stages, but they will have to dramatically improve their performances of the last two seasons in the competition for the Bhoys to achieve Brown’s goals. The two seasons that Brendan Rodgers has managed to get the Hoops to qualify for the group stages has saw the Bhoys go down to some incredibly heavy defeats, most notably a 7-0 loss to Barcelona and a 7-1 loss to PSG. That will have to drastically change for the Bhoys to be getting anywhere close the the last 16 of the tournament. It would take a change in the Hoops style of play and some big signings in the summer for the last 16 to be a possibility, at the moment it looks to be only a pipe dream, as the Europa League looks more like the Hoops’ level in Europe for the foreseeable future.

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