Feyenoord manager Arne Slot was full of praise for Celtic ahead of their opening Champions League Group E clash on Tuesday night.
The 45-year-old, who guided the Dutch giants to their first Eredivisie title in six years, has lauded their Celtic’s ability to monopolise the Scottish Premiership crown.
Feyenoord have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the 2023/24 Eredivisie campaign, and Slot will hope his side carry their form into the continental stage but is under no illusions about the weight of the task at hand.
“Celtic has become champion nine times in the last ten years, and I know how difficult it is to become champion,” Slot said in a pre-match press conference (via 1908.nl).
“Then you have to have absolute respect for those types of teams, even if it is a competition where only two teams are in charge.”
Celtic successfully defended their league crown last term to become title holders for a third consecutive year and have started the new campaign on the front foot.
When comparing the defending champions to their eternal rivals, Rangers, Slot delivered a few home truths regarding Michael Beale’s side, who are already lagging in the title race.
The Teddy Bears failed to make it to the Champions League group stages after suffering a humiliating defeat to Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven.
The result against PSV, coupled with their inability to snatch the league crown off the relentless Celtic, has led Slot to conclude that Brendan Rodgers’ side are a ‘much better club’ than Rangers.
“Celtic have only lost to them once in the last six meetings and have therefore become champions nine times in the last ten years.
“Celtic have simply been a much better club than Rangers in the last ten years if you look at their performance.
“Then I think you have to estimate them in a different way than Rangers. Over the last ten years, Celtic has had the upper hand over Rangers.”
Celtic have kicked off their title defence in fine form, picking up 13 points from five games, and are one of only two sides that are still unbeaten in the Premiership.
They will lock horns with Feyenoord on Tuesday night, with both sides looking to take the initiative in a tantalising group that also features Atletico Madrid and Lazio.
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