MOHAMED Elyounoussi has targeted a place in the Champions League group stages and insisted Celtic have a strong enough squad to both compete at the highest level in Europe and challenge for 10-In-A-Row.

The winger scored two goals in the Scottish champions’ resounding 6-0 triumph over Icelandic rivals KR Reykjavik at Parkhead in the first qualifying round on Tuesday evening.

The Norwegian is now determined to help the Glasgow club make amends for their failures in the competition against AEK Athens and CFR Cluj in the past two years.

Neil Lennon’s team is bidding to make history in the 2020/21 season by becoming the first in history to win the title 10 years running.

But Elyounoussi is confident their Premiership campaign won’t be affected if they can join the continent’s elite for the first time since 2017.

“Our aim is to reach the Champions League and play against that level of team,” he said. “Every player wants to play at the highest level possible and the Champions League is amazing.

“I really want to experience that here with Celtic, hopefully in front of our fans. Those nights at Celtic Park are amazing.

“Right now we just have to focus on the games we have to get there. It is how it is. It’s going to be a tough game in the next round.

“We have a league game before that (against Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday evening) which is important, but we’ll prepare next week for the European game.

“We have players coming into the side now who are doing great so there is tough competition for everyone which is great. That’s healthy.

“But in terms of the Champions League, I heard it was three years ago that Celtic reached the groups. So it’s a huge goal for us.

“We’re going to do everything to reach our goal. We also have the cups and the league as well. But we have the squad for all those games and the quality too. We believe in our manager and the coaching team.”

Celtic are facing a hectic schedule of domestic and European fixtures – but after going nine days without a competitive match due to the postponement of their St Mirren and Aberdeen games Elyounoussi is looking forward to it.

“I love this kind of situation,” he said. “It’s all about playing and recovering. It’s about doing everything right off the pitch, eating and sleeping right.

“We will stay focused too. We played well on Tuesday but we will not enjoy the win too much or think about it too much. The next game is always more important. Mentally you are always preparing to make sure things go well.”