Celtic under financial pressure next season after £13m Uefa reveal - pundit
Ange Postecoglou is under “huge pressure” at Celtic ahead of their preliminary Champions League qualifying tie against FC Midtjylland.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Uefa boosted the prize money for the competition.
According to Associated Press in May, qualifying for the Champions League group stage will net teams £13.4m compared to £13.1m in each of the last three seasons.
The Hoops’ clash with the Danish Superliga champions is set for 20th June and will be Postecoglou’s first competitive match at the helm.
The 55-year-old has spent the bulk of his career in Asia and Australia and this will be his first taste of elite-level European football.
And Kenny predicted that the newly-appointed Hoops boss will be feeling the pressure.
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“That could have a massive effect on the finances and his start at the club,” he told Football Insider
“So I’m sure he’ll be under huge pressure to try and get Celtic into the next round.
“The level he has been managing and coaching at, this is a totally different level.
“It’s a high-pressure tie for him and it’ll be interesting to see how they go and that £13m is a massive incentive for them to qualify.“
The second leg of Celtic’s clash with Midtjylland will take place on 27th July.
They will need to navigate two more ties from there on if they are to play in the 2021-22 Champions League group stages.