Celtic could be set to make as much as £40million from this year’s Champions League, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun reports that UEFA has announced that prize money has gone up and that Celtic would land the incredible amount of money just for qualifying for this year’s competition.
However, it won’t be easy. They need to get through eight qualifying games in as many weeks to make the group stage.
Football Insider verdict:
Brendan Rodgers will be fully expecting to qualify for the Champions League for the third time in a row, but the riches on offer are huge and it really ramps the pressure up. Celtic got £30million last season and that’s gone up by an astonishing 33% for this year as UEFA announced big jumps in price money. That’s the sort of cash that would make a seismic difference for Rangers, although their Europa League money will go up too. The Champions League is the real prize though – this is what Celtic will be fixated on and, once they’re qualified for the Group stages, attention will turn to getting to the knockout stages, where another big payday awaits. The real battle between Celtic and Rangers next season is obviously the Premiership, but not for the trophy itself, although that’s nice. It’s the gateway to a jackpot payout that can lead to the sort of money that has allowed Celtic to buy real quality and stay ahead of their rivals for so long.