Celtic captain Scott Brown has played down the prospect of the Hoops making a return to a European final, the Scottish Sun reports.
Brown has disclosed that Hoops boss Neil Lennon often talks about the run to the UEFA Cup final in Seville in 2003, but he is focusing on only taking one round at a time in the tournament, starting with the last 32 clash against Copenhagen.
“Manager always talks about going to Seville”
“The manager always talks about going to Seville as a player and what a great occasion it was” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I’m not saying we’re going to get to a final, but to get through this round would be a huge step for this bunch of lads and for a new manager coming in for his first season back as well.”
Brown’s attitude is correct, as in European competitions it is always a risk to look too far ahead. The Hoops are better off taking it one game at a time.
Notable achievement to reach last 16
As Brown says, it would be a huge achievement for the current Hoops side to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
Celtic haven’t won a tie in the knockout stages of a European tournament since 2004, which shows just how big it would be for the current team to progress past Copenhagen.
If the Hoops can defeat the Danish side, then perhaps it will be time to get excited about the prospect of a long run to the latter stages of the tournament. However, Scott Brown might not see it like that.
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