Andy Walker declares it 'a special time' for Celtic despite European exit; talks up treble

By John McGinley

February 28, 2020

Former Hoops striker Andy Walker believes it’s a special time to be a Celtic supporter and thinks the club are on the verge of yet another domestic treble of trophies, speaking to Sky Sports.

Neil Lennon’s side suffered a massively disappointing defeat at the hands of Copenhagen last night, with the Bhoys now knocked out of the Europa League.

However, there’s little time to lick our wounds, with a big trip to Perth on Sunday on the immediate horizon.

Celtic face St Johnstone in a Scottish Cup quarter-final, with a Hampden date the prize for the victor.

Walker is confident that his old team will progress and feels that, despite the European horror show this week, it’s a great time to be a follow of Celtic.

As quoted by Sky Sports, he said: “I’m sure they will be focused. There’s a chance of another treble here.

“This is a special time to be a Celtic supporter, on the verge of nine-in-a-row, on the verge of a fourth consecutive treble.

“That will be their goal and they’ve certainly got the players. Neil Lennon is capable of making a few changes to ensure that they get through to another semi-final.”

Lennon’s big task this weekend

The manager must ensure there is no hangover to the European blues.

Although Celtic lost Thursday night’s match, a lot of energy was put into the encounter and it could have a negative impact on Sunday’s performance.

Lennon may have to rotate his eleven a little to ensure there are fresh legs ready to punish St Johnstone.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ryan Christie and Leigh Griffiths feel like the most natural contenders to come into the starting eleven.

Walker is right to an extent, the treble IS on. However, the Celtic Park boss will be the last person thinking on that currently and rightly so.

He needs to navigate his squad through a difficult post-Europa League landscape and ensure there are no further and immediate dramas.