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Brown says Hoops being held back by Scot's Euro flops


Scott Brown

Scott Brown

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Scott Brown

Scott Brown believes Uefa should reward Celtic for their performances on the continent, rather than punishing the Hoops for Scotland's European failures.

The Parkhead skipper is frustrated by the coefficient system which ranks the Scottish Premiership 23rd from Europe's 54 top-flight leagues.

As a consequence, Ronny Deila's champions must battle through three qualifying rounds to reach the cash-rich Champions League group stages - and won't have the safety net of a Europa League place to fall back on until the third of those ties.

Icelandic minnows Stjarnan will provide the first hurdle to be overcome when they travel to Glasgow on July 15 in the second qualifying round.

While Celtic have stormed to the last 16 of the Champions League and the Europa League round of 32 in recent seasons, the under-performance of the rest of Scotland's European entrants has weighed down those gains.

"It might happen in the future that your coefficient is worked out on what each club does rather than all the teams from your league," said Brown (pictured).

"The way it is now we need to deal with the three qualifiers that are coming towards us.

"We have to try and get through them."

Belfast Telegraph