Expert: Celtic in line for 'huge' windfall of '£45m' after 'brilliant' development - told to 'thank Rangers'
Celtic must send their thanks to Rangers with the club set to benefit from Scotland’s boosted position in UEFA’s coefficient rankings.
That’s according to former Hoops hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about his former side’s possible place in the Champions League next season.
The winners of this season’s Premiership will go straight into next season’s Champions League group stage.
This is partly down to Rangers’ success in the Europa League over the last few seasons, with the club regularly reaching the latter stages of the competition.
This, in turn, has boosted Scotland’s place in the UEFA coefficient rankings, giving greater European benefits to the Scottish Premiership.
With Celtic now in pole position to secure a place in the group stage and Rangers facing several qualifying games, McAvennie can’t help but laugh at the situation.
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“It’s brilliant, isn’t it?” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“We have to give a huge thanks to Rangers, the coefficient is great for getting Celtic into the Champions League.
“It couldn’t have worked any better. Celtic have been concentrating on the league while Rangers have been doing well in Europe.
“We will just take that Champions League place off them, thank you very much.
“It’s a great run in Europe for Rangers, they will be making money from it.
“But, as things stand, they might not get the big boost of £45million group stage money, or whatever it is, because they didn’t make it through the qualifiers this year, who says they will next year?”
Celtic hold a six-point lead over Rangers after defeating their Old Firm rivals 2-1 on Sunday (3 April).
There are six league games left this season.