Former Celtic striker Kenny Miller has disclosed of his pride at what the Hoops achieved in the Champions League in his time at the club, in a video interview with Open Goal.
Miller, a controversial figure at Celtic as he had three spells at Rangers, was with the Hoops for the 2006-07 season, in which the team reached the last 16 of the Europa League, where the team eventually lost 1-0 to tournament winners Milan after extra time.
Miller, in an interview with Simon Ferry on the Open Goal YouTube channel, seems proud of what the team achieved in the Champions League.
“Incredible. What an achievement. It was a big achievement when you think of the group we were in…that’s the stage that you want to play on” Miller said.
He was also particular proud of his goal record in the group stages.
“See after three games, at that point Sky Sports news would do like the Champions League top scorers, I was on it! I was on that list with three goals from games!”
It is no wonder he looks back with pride on Celtic’s European displays. Getting out of the group stage was a big enough feat, as the Hoops qualified out of the same group as Manchester United.
Pushed tournament winners all the way
Pushing Milan all the way to extra time is an achievement worth noting too. Celtic performed excellently over both legs, and were perhaps unfortunate not to reach the last eight of the tournament.
Still, Miller will never be the most popular man at Celtic due to his long association with Rangers.
However, it can’t be denied that in the Champions League group stage of 2006-07, he was an excellent performer for the Hoops.