There are sooooo many secondary benefits from winning the league last month. Take a look at current crop of international fixtures, which for Scotland, continues until 14 June, seven weeks before the third Champions League qualification round.
Our significant body of full and Under-21 international players would have little time to rest and recuperate before having to reach full fitness ahead of potentially four weeks of crucial fixtures. This is not how an athlete’s body is designed to work. It has consequences for performance and injuries.
With the Scottish champions likely to gain automatic entry to the Champions League group stage for several years to come, the responsibility of using this year’s qualification to further strengthen is paramount. It was a tough shift for Celtic, carrying Scotland’s coefficient burden single-handedly for all those years, we need to make the most of whatever help other Scottish clubs are happy to give us now.