Roy Keane doesn’t buy the excuse that Scottish football hinders Celtic when it comes to playing in Europe.
The Manchester United legend – who had a short spell in Scottish football with the Hoops towards the end of his career – wouldn’t have enjoyed watching Brendan Rodgers’ men as they lost 3-0 to Zenit in Russia.
Celtic went into the game with a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Celtic Park – Callum McGregor scoring the only goal of a game that the hosts dominated.
But it was a very different encounter last night, with Roberto Mancini’s men constantly in control of the game before deservedly sealing their 3-1 aggregate win.
Keane was asked if the quality of Scottish football makes it more difficult for Celtic to compete in Europe while on ITV’s Europa League Highlights Show last night.
And while accepting it probably doesn’t help, he brought up last week’s win and asked why the team couldn’t play like that again:
Roy Keane believes @CelticFC's lack of consistency is hurting them on the European stage
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) February 22, 2018
Of course, Keane is a good pundit to ask about Celtic considering he very nearly became the Hoops manager before Ronny Deila was given the job in 2014.
The Irish great knocked it back and decided to stay on as his country’s assistant manager, but maybe it’s something for the future?