The stakes are high as Celtic prepare for their Champions League opener against Feyenoord In a departure from routine, the Hoops trained at Celtic Park this morning instead of their usual base at Lennoxtown. The reason? To head straight from the stadium to Glasgow Airport, where they’re expected to fly out to Rotterdam this afternoon.

Among the players training today were recently fit-again Reo Hatate and Nat Phillips, who was also back in training after being subbed off just 45 minutes into his Celtic debut against Dundee. Their presence adds depth and options for Rodgers as he looks to silence the doubters and make a statement in the group stage.

The challenge for Celtic this season isn’t just about participating in the Champions League; it’s about proving that they’re not just there to make up the numbers. With the group stage set to kick off, Celtic has a golden opportunity to reclaim its reputation on the European stage.

As the team flies out to Rotterdam, the message is clear: Celtic are not in the Champions League to merely participate; they’re there to compete, to challenge, and most importantly, to win. Only then will the narrative begin to change, and only then will Celtic be seen as a force to be reckoned with in European football.


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