Neil Lennon has made some interesting comments which are bound to spark debate amongst the Celtic support. Lennon has claimed that qualifying for the Champions League group stages is almost as good as winning a trophy for the Hoops.
“Qualification is one of our priorities. We know it’s a difficult road to travel but it’s one we’re prepared and ready for” Lennon said, as reported by the official Celtic website.
“Almost as good as winning a trophy”
“It’s almost as good as winning a trophy, qualifying for the Champions League.”
Financially qualifying for the Champions League is almost better than winning a domestic trophy. However, in the last few seasons, domestic trophies have almost taken a priority over European competition.
Domestic/European football debate could happen again
This is particularly true in the case of the ‘treble treble’ which the Hoops managed to achieve last season. The Europe/domestic football argument might also rear its head this season.
Celtic are going for nine in a row. Would fans sacrifice progress in Europe to make sure that the Hoops win the title? Perhaps some would.
There’s no doubt that qualifying for the Champions League will be a great achievement for the Hoops. It can’t be easy to play four rounds of qualifying at such an early stage of the season.
However, is it almost as good as winning a trophy? Perhaps not. It is certainly an interesting talking point though.