Celtic: Champions League qualifying 'stupid' - Ronny Deila

Champions League qualifying second round, first leg

Venue: KR-völlur, Reykjavik. Date: Tuesday, 15 July. Kick-off: 20.00 BST

Coverage: BBC One Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, BBC Sport website

Manager Ronny Deila says it is "stupid" that Celtic have to negotiate three qualifying rounds just to make the group stages of the Champions League.

Thanks to Scotland's poor club ranking, Celtic must beat Icelandic side KR Reykjavik and two other teams to make the group phase.

"Celtic have been fighting for many years with the best teams in Europe," said Norwegian Deila.

"It is stupid the Scottish coefficient is not regarded as good enough."

It's very unfair that going to the last 16, as we did two years ago, is not going to be recognised

Celtic boss Ronny Deila

The Scottish champions, who reached the last 16 in 2013, are aiming for a third consecutive season in the group phase.

"I knew before I came here that we had three qualifying rounds," added Deila, who was appointed on 6 June.

"That's wrong because you have to take into consideration the club, not the country.

"We need the biggest clubs in the Champions League, who have deserved it.

"It's very unfair that going to the last 16, as we did two years ago, is not going to be recognised.

"But it's a problem in every small country. We maybe have one good team but the other ones are dragging that team down."

Deila's side take on KR Reykjavik in the second qualifying round of Europe's premier club competition.

It will be the Norwegian's first competitive match since his switch from Stromsgodset to replace Neil Lennon.