Martin O’Neill believes Celtic have what it takes to achieve European success under Brendan Rodgers.
The ex-Celtic boss managed to lead the Hoops into a UEFA Cup final 15 years ago where they lost in extra time.
Celtic are still celebrating winning another treble after they beat Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final.
Speaking to the Herald, O’Neill also spoke about the prospect of an improved Rangers side benefiting Celtic and their bid to make a mark in Europe.
I think getting to a European final can be done again. I don’t think it’s impossible.
Brendan is dominating Scottish football just now and Celtic have been very strong. The next step now is to try to achieve success in Europe.
Hopefully those days are not gone and it would be nice, imagine me saying this, if Rangers could get stronger. That seems as if it might be on the cards and a good, strong Rangers is good for the league.
And actually, it will benefit Celtic to get stronger in Europe. Why? Well, Celtic don’t rest on their laurels in Scotland but if the competition gets stronger, they will rise to it.
If Rangers are in a position to delve into the transfer market and get some decent players, it will be a reminder to Celtic. They are dominating the league and are very strong. In Brendan’s time, they have not been casual at all.
They have won six competitions but I think he would welcome it too. Personally, I think Steven Gerrard is a really good appointment.
Martin O’Neill was in charge of the Republic of Ireland as they faced a Celtic XI in Scott Brown’s testimonial to celebrate his career at the club.
The Hoops may turn their attention to the Europa League next season. Making the Champions League final would seem like a step too far for the Hoops, but a strong Europa League campaign would not be out of the question.
Rodgers’ men were beaten by Zenit in the Europa League round-of-32 tie back in February.