Andy Walker believes that Celtic have received a huge bonus after they automatically qualified for the Champions League. Last season they finished second to champions Rangers and were handed a spot in the second qualifying round. They were beaten by Danish champions Midtjylland last season. They dropped into the Europa League where they beat Jablonec and AZ Alkmaar to qualify.
“I think the turnaround in Celtic’s fortunes over the last 12 months has been remarkable. Ange Postecoglou has done a terrific job and everyone has bought into what he is going to do,” Andy Walker said after Celtic sealed automatic qualification into the Champions League. “Clearly he’s going to bring in some fresh players and try to make some sort of impact on the Champions League. I know that’s going to be really difficult. The big bonus for Celtic this year is that they don’t have to go through those Champions League qualifiers. The players might get a bit of extra rest and I think that’s important for all of the challenges ahead.”
“Winning the title was a huge boost for everyone, but you see what Rangers have done on the European stage – and I think Celtic’s European results have been really poor, so clearly that’s where they want to improve,” he added. “It’s very difficult at Champions League level, but we know now that if it doesn’t go well you can drop into the Europa League. Celtic on the European stage needs to improve and that’s fair enough. That’s a good target for everyone to try and achieve.”