Celtic Crash out of Champions League
Celtic have failed to reach the Champions League group stages under Brendan Rodgers for the first time. After guiding them through in his first two seasons in charge, this season they have failed and it is the Europa League that will now hold Celtic's European hopes. It is a big blow to the Scottish side, who had been handed a great chance to get to the group stages thanks to a favourable draw. Unfortunately, AEK Athens were able to beat them over two legs and it is the Greek team who advance to the final qualifying round of the competition.
Celtic will now head into the Europa League, where they will face one round of qualifying to book their place in the group stages. The drop is big, especially financially, but it does give Celtic a greater chance of European success. While winning the competition will be a tough ask, getting through the group stages will be on the agenda for Brendan Rodgers, and once you are in the knockout round, who knows what will happen.
The main reason that Celtic fans demand success in Europe to a certain degree is that the Scottish Premiership lacks any real competitiveness at the moment. Simply winning the title yet again is not good enough, for Celtic to improve as a club they also have to find success in Europe. By not qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League, many fans will see that as a backward step, regardless of whether they go onto win the Scottish league title once again. That looks sure to happen, with Rangers and other clubs failing to mount any kind of challenge that is even worthy of mentioning right now.
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Celtic Face Partick in League Cup this Weekend
After the disappointment of losing in the Champions League, Celtic get back to domestic action right away this weekend. However, they do not return in the league, instead it is League Cup weekend in Scotland. Celtic travel to Partick Thistle for their game and it is no surprise to see them a very short price for success. The bookmakers have them priced up at 2/11 to win at the weekend, with their hosts a huge 11/1 and the draw 19/4. This should be an easy weekend for Celtic before they return to league action, and a comfortable win looks well within their reach on their return from Greece.