UEFA and more particularly the CL, are the cancer of football. Designed purely for the rich to get richer. No argument from me that the CL situation isn't Celtic's fault. Really, what I'm driving at is the state of our domestic game which i still believe to be a materially contributory factor in the Celtic performances in the CL. Some responsibility for that lies with Celtic themselves. Again, who'd blame Celtic for not wanting to change this, however, it could be considered short sighted.
You had a situation a few weeks ago where Celtic play arguably their closest domestic rival and have Aberdeen's best player from the season before sitting on their bench. Furthermore, Aberdeen's best player from this season can't play because he's still a Celtic player. This is despite Aberdeen bidding on two separate occasions for Christie where the valuation was met and Rodgers agreed both times only for Peter Lawwell to reject. Guessing he rejected because he can but the cynic in me would say it's because he wants to strangle any hint of opposition. Again, is this Celtic's fault? Probably not. However, it's making a total mockery of our domestic game. I've read that Celtic are considering a bit for Moult in January. Could be nonsense and just more white noise from our very embarrassing sports media - but the circle continues.
ETA - for the avoidance of doubt, I'd like to see Celtic competitive in Europe and I'd love a competitive domestic league.