Lisbon Lion Jim Craig has identified what Celtic’s next manager must improve on. He feels that the new manager must improve on Celtic’s performances in Europe.

Craig, who won the European Cup with the Hoops in 1967, thinks that whilst the Hoops have dominated domestically, they have been ‘disappointing’ in Europe.

“A criticism you could have of this team is that, in European terms, they have been disappointing” Craig said, as reported by the Evening Times.

“That has to change”

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“That has to change. That is the thing this manager, whoever it is, whoever comes in, has to do. He has to enjoy success in Europe.”


Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side started off excellently when it first came to competing in Europe, but faltered more recently.

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Manager must juggle Europe and league

The problem that the new Celtic manager could face is that winning the title to make it nine in a row next season will be just as important to European success for the Hoops support.

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Financially however, there is no contest. The Hoops will receive plenty of money if they make the Champions League group stages.

Perhaps Craig is being slightly harsh. After all, the Hoops did make the group stages of the Champions League in two of the last three seasons.

This season was a disappointment though, and the Hoops will need to improve next season. Reaching the Champions League group stages would be a good start for the new manager.

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