Against all odds, Celtic won the Premiership title last season, finishing 4 points ahead of the Rangers. It was a remarkable turnaround for the Hoops to say the least, considering where they had been just a year back. The reward for their success was a guaranteed spot in the Champions League in the 2022/23 campaign.
Champions League nights under the lights are always special at Parkhead. And it will be even more special this time around, as the club will be making their return to the competition after such a long time.
Fans will be very excited about which teams they could end up being drawn against. While many might prefer not to come up against the best of the best in the group stage itself, it is a great opportunity for the players to test themselves.
"“I’ve played at some pretty big ones but the one I haven’t played at is Real Madrid. I think everyone would probably join me in saying they want them in the group.“Against Modric again, 12 months on, he ran the show that day (at the Euros), so I’ll try and get a bit closer to him. We’re looking forward to it whoever we get, it’s a big competition and a big test for us. We’ll be ready.”"
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A club like Real Madrid would be a very tough test for sure but at the same time, they would present the opportunity to create some great moments as well. The win against Barcelona lives fresh in the memory to this day.
It will be very interesting to see how Celtic end up doing in the Champions League group stage next season. One has to admit that their record in Europe in recent years has not been great and is an area where they need to improve significantly.
At the same time, Ange Postecoglou’s tactics will also be something to keep an eye on. The manager has made it no secret that he wants his teams to be play attacking and eye-catching football. But at the same time, that could leave them vulnerable against some of the elite teams of Europe.