Tuesday 16 January 2018

Keane blasts Celtic over Euro failure

Former Celt Roy Keane
Former Celt Roy Keane

Roy Keane claims Celtic should be setting their sights higher in Europe following their 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers argued the Nou Camp loss was no embarrassment, but Keane feels his former club's mindset needs to change in European competition.

Keane said: "I know it's difficult after a game, and if you have an off night in Barcelona you are in big trouble. But on one hand we are being told that Celtic are a great club, great traditions, great history and they go and lose 7-0 to Barcelona and people almost say, 'Well these things happen, it's acceptable'.

"All I hear sometimes when people talk about Celtic is about winning the league, but I think they need to do a lot better in Europe. It's easier said than done of course and this time round it's obviously difficult with the group they are in.

"But even in the qualifying games they were poor. They scraped through and didn't win any of their away games. I think the whole mindset has to change and don't accept, particularly away from home, being the whipping boys of Europe."

Celtic overturned a first-leg defeat against Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps in their opening qualifier before beating Astana 2-1 on aggregate to set up the Israeli challenge.

Ireland assistant manager Keane added: "It's Celtic, a huge club, and they need to do a lot better. Even when they qualified for this group the celebrations were way over the top. They scraped through and I thought they'd actually won the competition. People were hugging each other - the manager, the coaches, the players. They should be expecting to do well in this group."

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