Defender Christopher Jullien has revealed that all the players in the Celtic squad want to win the UEFA Europa League this season, according to a report on the Express.

The Hoops begin their Europa League journey on Thursday against French Ligue 1 side Rennes in the first match of the group stages of the competition.

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Jullien has insisted that the players are looking to lift the trophy at the end of the season, despite rumours that the Hoops may take the competition lightly due to the gruelling schedule that comes with it.

When asked if Celtic can advance in the Europa League, the centre-back said:

Yes, I believe we can, absolutely. Since I arrived here I have seen that all the players constantly have trophies on their minds. They want to win at everything, even in training. This is important for our team.

If you were to go into the locker room right now and ask each of them what their goal was, they would tell you it is to bring that trophy home. And I’m just following them.

I think the same way as them. Everything I do is geared to winning and I hope we can do something really special in this competition. In our heads, we think of trophies. This is the way we should think.

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Jullien is spot on. The Hoops have been so dominant in domestic competitions over the last decade but have struggled to leave a lasting impression in Europe – this could be their best chance yet.

Manager Neil Lennon has a very talented squad to choose from and although they’re currently missing some key players due to injury, they’ll still fancy themselves to advance into the knockout rounds.

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The fact that the players are hungry to succeed in Europe proves that the players are ready to push themselves to the limit with the Thursday-Sunday match schedule.

With desire, hunger and determination, anything is possible. They’ll have to make a statement in France on Thursday against the challenging Rennes.