Stephen Welsh is convinced Ange Costecoglou can lead Celtic in to the Champions League and let him fulfil a childhood dream.

The Parkhead men have been hit with a second qualifying round tie with Danish side Midtjyllland next month. and would face another two stages against the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Galatasaray, Sparta Prague and Spartak Moscow to get to the groups.

Welsh’s only taste of the Champions League came as a season ticket holding kid but he believes new gaffer Postecoglou will be aiming to take the club to the top table.

The Scotland under 21 ace said: “I think so – for the size of the club. It will help the club financially. As players we want to play at the highest level possible.

“The highest level is the Champions League so that’s where we want to play.

“We’ve got high hopes we can get through this tie first and foremost. That’s all we are focusing on right now.

Stephen Welsh is determined for Celtic success


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“We’re not thinking about the Europa League. We’re focusing on going on and winning the tie.”

Welsh is expecting a stiff test against the Danes, who drew with Liverpool and Atalanta after reaching the Champions League group stage last season having thumped Celtic’s Europa League tormentors Slavia Prague in the play-offs.

He said: “We know they are going to be a tough side as they are competing to get into the Champions League.

“It’s a tough draw as we expected going into this tie but we are very much looking forward to it.

“We’ve got a few weeks to prepare as well as we can for it and that starts with the pre-season and the fitness side.

“We’re going down to the camp in Wales and will get a few games under our belts and hopefully we’ll be ready for Midtjylland in he middle of July.”

Welsh is looking to impress the new boss and is dreaming of walking out in the Champions League more than a decade after being hooked as a fan.

He said: “I had a season ticket a few years ago, so you were going to watch the likes of Barcelona and Man United, watching Ronaldo and Messi.

“These are the games you want to play in, that’s the highest level and it’s the level us as players want to play at.

“It’s the level Celtic should be at as well.

“I remember we beat AC Milan and Scott McDonald scored the winner. That was probably the best Champions League game I’ve been to in my time being a fan.

“I was only seven or eight, and I can always remember that night.

“It was a last minute winner, and the atmosphere that night was unbelievable.

“Being a young kid going to that, it’s something I had never experienced before.

“We’ll be looking to get that again.”

Celtic crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers to Hungarians Ferencvaros last term and suffered in the Europa League.

Welsh insisted they are out to make amends in continental competition this time out.

He said: “It’s always a huge disappointment when Celtic don’t go through to the Champions League.

“So, we’ll be looking to rectify that as best we can, and go and put in a good performance against Midtjylland and we’ll see where that can take us.