By Kevin Phillips

19th Jun, 2021 | 7:53pm

Celtic on course for £13.4m payout after announcement - pundit

Kevin Phillips has backed Celtic to overcome FC Midtjylland in the Champions League and take the first step to a £13.4million windfall.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European golden shoe winner admitted it will not be an easy game but backed the Hoops to do the job over the two legs.

UEFA announced this week Celtic will host the Danish side in the second round of Champions League qualifying.

The first leg will take place at Parkhead on 20 July with the return leg eight days later.

If Celtic overcome FC Midtjylland they will be just four games away from qualifying for the group stages.

That would mean a guaranteed windfall of €15.64million (£13.4million) plus they will earn €2.8million (£2.4million) for every win and €840,000 (£722,00) per draw.

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Asked whether he thought the Hoops will beat Midtjylland, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Yes, I would say so.

“It will be difficult because they’ve got some history in European football. It won’t be easy, it never is.

“You would have to say it’s a big season for them this year. With the new manager of course at a big club.

“But I can definitely see them coming through that over two legs.

“I wouldn’t say they’ll come through it comfortably but if they get off to a flyer that could set them up nicely for the season ahead.”

Celtic’s first-leg tie with Midtjylland will be new manager Ange Postecoglou’s first competitive game in charge.

The Bhoys have not qualified for the Champions League group stage since the 2017-18 campaign.

In other news, Celtic have been urged to sign a midfielder compared to Dennis Bergkamp.