Celtic are out of the Champions League and that is a great disappointment for all concerned with the club.
Having completed the double treble in the last two seasons, Brendan Rodgers will now be remembered for the first team he failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage with Celtic.
After losing to AEK Athens a lot was said but ultimately due to lack of investment, this was bound to happen at some point. A big mistake Celtic made was not signing John McGinn, (who is valued at £1.58 million on Transfermarkt) who instead went to Aston Villa.
The former Hibs midfielder endured a brilliant season in Scotland last season, hence why a number of teams were interested in signing him this summer, including Celtic. Having made 43 appearances in total for Hibernian, six goals and 8 assists earned him huge applause and consequently a move to the Championship side.
Celtic’s loss in the Champions League qualifying round did highlight the need for a more attacking midfielder, someone who can unlock a defence with a pass as well as having an eye for goal like John McGinn. Already he got off to a flying start with the Villans, providing an assist on his debut, contributing towards their second three points of the season.
The Hoops now are left to reminisce of what could have been and John McGinn certainly would have been, (judging by form) a top addition, especially in replacement for Stuart Armstrong, who left also for England this summer. That attacking threat has faded out of Celtic and now there is no Champions League to contend for, they have an even smaller chance at recruiting good players.
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