Celtic are becoming victims of their own success in Europe
Celtic are storming the Scottish Premiership year on year but are no longer a European powerhouse.
The Hoops have £38 million in the bank and are in profit on the back of a double treble with European football after Christmas.
However, this is appearing to be the extent of the club’s success and it is beginning to hurt in the long run.
Celtic are no different to European opponents
Celtic are well on their way to do eight consecutive league titles with the current league the toughest in a long time.
Brendan Rodgers is revolutionising the Bhoys on the domestic front but just isn’t replicating that in Europe.
There are several reasons for this – personnel, management, tactics mistakes etc. but the Hoops really aren’t all that different to club’s in the same poistion domestically.
Nowadays, Celtic have to go through several qualifying rounds to make the Champions League group stage.
Potential opponents in these rounds are going through the same predicament.
A quick search shows Rosenborg, BATE Borisov, Qarabag, Legia Warsaw (2015 aside), Astana, Ludogorets and Dinamo Zagreb are all in consecutive league winning runs.
None of these teams are doing particularly well in European competition.
They are far superior compared to other clubs in their leagues and are boosted by the finances of European football which teams from the same country aren’t getting.
This keeps an arm’s length distance for these teams from other club’s challenging.
However, they’ll all be embarassed when it comes to playing against Europe’s elite.
Is there a resolve or will it get worse?
The way things are going, it appears that a solution isn’t on the horizon for these teams in particular.
Other teams in their domestic leagues will be offered extra European spots with a Europa League 2 on the horizon.
The financial rewards will not even help close the gap on these long-time domestic winners.
As long as these teams are competing somewhat in Europe and winning the league, it won’t stop.
Zagreb are Croatian champions every year since 2005, showing this may not let up.
It’s a sad state of affairs that Celtic can’t replicate their domestic success abroad but they are not alone.