Celtic captain Scott Brown admits he would be devastated if the club was frozen out of the Champions League.
European Clubs Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has mooted the possibility of a breakaway amongst the top European teams from England, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, meaning Celtic wouldn’t be invited to the 20-team tournament.
The move described by SPFL chairman Neil Doncaster as “sinister” forced the club’s chief executive Peter Lawwell to hold talks with Ajax as smaller European clubs begin talks over a way to oppose the proposals.
And Brown says he would be gutted if they weren’t able to have the famous European nights at Celtic Park against Europe’s top sides. “It would be devastating,” he said at the announcement that Glasgow will host the homeless World Cup. “It would be a tough one to take.”
Brown also lauded in-form striker Leigh Griffiths, whom he believes will break the 40-goal barrier this season after his strike against Ross County put him on 30 this term.
“It would be great for him to do it and I believe that he can do it,” he said.
“It’s unbelievable the way he keeps going, he is so positive. Whether he misses one or two chances he will still go. He is learning as well, it’s not always about him. He is bringing other people into the game and his link-up play has been a lot better.”
Meanwhile, Celtic are close to signing the 17-year-old Norwegian midfielder Kristoffer Ajer after FK Start and the Hoops agreed a deal that will see him join in the summer.