By Dr Dan Plumley

29th Nov, 2021 | 6:40pm

Dr Dan: Celtic in line for '£10m' windfall with seven-figure sum already secured

Celtic could trouser as much as £10million if they go all the way in the Europa Conference League.

So says finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively about the Hoops’ prospects in Europe.

Ange Postecoglou‘s side’s 3-2 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on 25 November confirmed their exit from the Europa League at the group stage.

Celtic will now drop down into the play-off rounds of the inaugural Conference League, Uefa’s third-tier club competition.

Plumley crunched the numbers and revealed how much is at stake in the competition’s knockout rounds.

“It’s £0.3m for entering at the play-off rounds,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“Then £0.6m for the next round, £1m for the quarters, £2m for the semi-finals, £3m for the final and an extra £2m if you win it.

“So if they were to win it from here on in, that’s £9m.

“There is a little bit set aside for the market pot which is linked to the standard of the league in the Uefa coefficient list.

“The Scottish league isn’t that high up but there is another £11m tied up in that. So let’s say another £1m from that pot, as a conservative guess.

“So we’re talking close to £10m if Celtic were to go on and win the tournament.

“That’s not a bad prize pot for somebody. It’s not the prize money the bigger clubs want, but it’s still substantial.”

Celtic could face any one of 16 teams in the play-off rounds.

Among their possible opponents are big-hitters Tottenham and Roma.

In other news, ex-Fifa referee issues VAR verdict after analysing controversial Liel Abada footage from Celtic.