Rogne - Hoops can compete in CL

  • Last Updated: July 31 2012, 9:48 BST

Thomas Rogne insists Celtic do not need any new players in order to launch a successful assault on the Champions League this season.

Thomas Rogne: We have a strong enough team

The Hoops play host to HJK Helsinki in a crucial qualifier at Parkhead on Wednesday night as they bid to take their place among the continent's elite.

Rogne would welcome any new additions before the end of the transfer window but believes Neil Lennon's squad is strong enough with the players the manager already has at his disposal.

The defender said: "We've got a good squad and a lot of good players here so I don't think we need anyone. I think we've got a good enough team.

"Of course, if they bring someone in, that's great, it's good competition. But I don't think it's that necessary as we've got a good team."

Rogne says experience of the Europa League last term has only made Celtic even more determined to qualify for the Champions League this time around.

He said: "We've got a chance to get into Europe and that's important for us.

"We played in the Europa League last year and we enjoyed it.

"If we get the chance to play in the Champions League this year, it's going to be even bigger.

"It's where everyone wants to be and hopefully we can take a Scottish team into the Champions League.

"It's our first competitive game so obviously we want to win the game and kick on for the season.

"If we get the chance to play in the Champions League at Celtic Park in front of the best fans in the world, that would be amazing.

"They are a good team. We've seen them play and we are preparing really well for this game.

"The whole pre-season has been about this game.

"We know they are an organised team, they are a typical Scandinavian team, and they are going to be hard to beat.

"It's going to be tough but we are prepared for it."

Meanwhile, Rogne claims Celtic will still have to work hard to defend their Clydesdale Bank Premier League title this season despite the absence of Rangers.

The Hoops are overwhelming favourites to win the championship, with their Old Firm rivals voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division after the club was consigned to liquidation.

However, Rogne insists the SPL title race should not be written off as a competition due to the lack of Old Firm rivalry.

He said: "I hear people saying that we are going to win the league easily but that's not going to happen.

"I don't know why they say it. To provoke a little bit probably.

"It's going to be tough. It's always going to be tough winning games and it's going to be tough to win the league."