Neil Lennon has disclosed that even though Celtic are up against it, the Hoops have not given up hope on making progress in the Europa League, the Glasgow Times reports.
Celtic currently sit bottom of their Europa League group after the embarrassing 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague in the last group stage fixture before the international break.
The Hoops travel to Prague on Thursday with a chance to gain a measure of revenge, and keep the slender Europa League dreams alive.
“Not done ourselves justice”
“Obviously the league is the priority and that’s always the case, but Europe is important to us. We have not done ourselves justice, particularly in the last game. We have a game on Thursday, and we have to win the game, simple as that, to give us any chance of qualifying” Lennon said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
Lennon’s attitude is the correct one to have, although some fans might not agree with that, indeed some Celtic supporters may feel that Europe should be cast aside this season in favour of the battle to win 10 in a row. That doesn’t seem to be in Lennon’s way of thinking.
Of course, there is another reason why Lennon and Celtic should be taking the Europa League seriously – finances. Last season as reported by Goal.com a group stage win earned clubs a sum of €570,000 – that is just over £500,000.
Number of reasons why Hoops should not give up
That sort of money can’t be ignored, especially during the time of a pandemic. Therefore, there are a number of reasons why Celtic should keep going in the Europa League.
Not just financially, but it would be a boost to the Celtic player’s confidence if they pulled off a football miracle and made the last 32 of the competition.
The Hoops boss can’t be faulted for his Europa League attitude.