Former Celtic defender and assistant manager Johan Mjallby believes anything is possible for Celtic under Brendan Rodgers and when asked about the club getting to a potential Europa League final under the Irishman the big Swede did not think it was such a crazy idea.
“Why not? Definitely,” Johan told the Herald.
“This team has been absolutely fantastic for two years, winning two Trebles They have a lot of talent in the squad, good, good players.
“We’ll have to wait and see how they do obviously in the group stage first – and it’s quite a tough group. But I think they’ve got every chance because they will improve in every game, I think.
“They will get stronger and stronger. The cobwebs are off. I thought the team looked very strong against Rangers.
“A good run in the league and obviously a good, confident group stage will help them going forward.”
Johan played for Celtic in the UEFA Cup final back in 2003 when Martin O’Neill’s team captured the imagination of the footballing world with their top football and will to win.
Beating the likes of Blackburn, Liverpool and Celta Vigo along the way.
The players just fell short in the end against a Jose Mourinho managed Porto side and the bhoys lost out on extra time.
That same Porto team went onto win the Champions League just a year later under Mourinho – highlighting the class the Celtic team had to go toe to toe with a side who blatantly tried their best to cheat Celtic at every turn.
Celtic are in a Europa League group with Salzburg, Rosenborg and Leipzig, hoping to get out of the group into the knockout stages of the competition and see where it takes them.