While it must be boring to hear right now, there’s no getting away from the fact that the great frustration amongst Celtic fans is the failure to translate domestic success into a European adventure. Indeed, having won two trebles on the bounce, Brendan Rodgers needs a boost on the continental front or risk worsening the stagnation problem already seen this summer.
Though many are rather down in the dumps about the Hoops’ chances of achieving much in the Europa League this season, one man certainly isn’t. Former Parkhead favourite Johan Mjällby has backed his old club to even reach the final, having done exactly that during his playing career under Martin O’Neill.
The Swede was part of the Celtic side who marched all the way through to the UEFA Cup final back in 2003, only to lose to Jose Mourinho’s Porto side in Seville. A favourite amongst the green and white faithful, he thinks his old club can ‘definitely’ make it to May’s showpiece in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Even the most ardent Hoops supporter will admit that’s a pretty ambitious target, especially when you consider the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and the Champions League drop downs will also be in contention, so we recently asked our Celtic reading supporters if they agreed with Mjällby.
Interestingly, as you’ll see from the results of our poll, a rather large 61% of polled fans DO think the Bhoys can do it and make their first European final in over a decade, despite the problems encountered over the course of the summer.
If they do, Rodgers can cement his place as a Celtic legend.