Celtic have dropped eight places in the latest club coefficient rankings announced by UEFA.
The governing body of football in Europe releases an updated league table of the continent’s top sides every season – with performances in both the Champions League and Europa League measured.
Celtic were 47th in the standings last season but have now dropped to 55th behind the likes of Astana and Slavia Prague.
UEFA update isn’t too bad for Celtic
However, Neil Lennon’s men do have plenty of time to improve their ranking ahead of next season. The Hoops earned six coefficient points for their run in the Europa League last season and a similar performance this season is definitely achievable.
In comparison, their two prior seasons in the Champions League saw them earn seven and eight points respectively – showing that missing out on Europe’s premier competition doesn’t necessarily mean a slump in coefficient points.
Should we win the league and make next season’s Champions League it still looks very likely that we’d be seeded for all four qualifying rounds. Of course the make up of those qualifiers is still up in the air but recent history tells us that we should be in a good position for most scenarios.
However, it will still be a case of playing four qualifiers in eight weeks just like the past two seasons. That won’t change unless Scotland can continue to make strides on the continent for an extended period of time.