BASEL were knocked out of the Europa League this season which is great news for Celtic and Scottish football.

The Scottish coefficient has put us in 14th place for the 2021/22 season, meaning the champions will only have to play TWO qualifiers to gain entry into the Champions League instead of four. There will also be a Champions League opportunity for second spot who will have to negotiate three qualifiers to get to the promised land.

If the clubs were to continue their upward trajectory in the coefficients this season, they could find a scenario down the line where the champion gets straight access to the Champions League without qualifiers – something that hasn’t happened in Scottish football for a long time!

Right now, Celtic have their first qualifier for this year’s Champions League qualification. First up is KR Reykjavík at home next Tuesday. If the bhoys get by that, they will move on to their second qualifier against either Ferencváros or Djurgården.