IT'S GOODBYE to the Champions League - but Shamrock Rovers defender Craig Sives insists that last night's exit from the top club competition has made the Hoops even more determined to hold on to their league title and earn another crack at Champions League glory next season.
FC Copenhagen were too good for Rovers in Tallaght last night, winning 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate, but for Rovers there's the consolation of a place in Friday's draw for the play-off round for the Europa League, where big clubs like Celtic, Paris St Germain, Seville and Tottenham await.
So Europe is still a dream for the Hoops but Scottish defender Sives says that this Rovers side are desperate for more domestic success to guarantee more big games next season.
"We have a taste of Champions League football now and this is where we want to be every year from now on, we want to kick on in the league and take our European performances into the league, get the results we need and get back to the top of the table," Sives told the Herald after last night's exit.
"We knew there was a gap, their players earn ten, maybe 20 times what we earn and we're part-time, but we'll see what comes of Friday's draw."