Celtic have, in the past, sometimes floundered when it comes to spending big money.

Fans have often demanded that the Hoops take the extra step to bring in a ‘big name’, and that hasn’t happened.

But with the money for reaching the group stages of the Champions League revealed, there is now no excuse for Brendan Rodgers and Peter Lawwell not to at the very least consider spending big this summer.

The Evening Times reported that should the Hoops qualify for the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition for the third season in a row they will earn a colossal £40million.

That sum of money would be a game changer, and would allow the Hoops to stretch even further ahead at the top of the Scottish game.

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But to make sure that the money comes in, the Hoops should, for once, go that extra mile in the transfer market this summer.

They have the money available to bring in players at around £5million, but that might not be enough to guarantee qualification.

Surely Rodgers will demand that the budget is increased for a player if he really wants to sign him – that might well be the case with Odsonne Edouard, should he make his transfer to the Hoops a permanent one.

With the sheer volume of money that is on the line for making the CL proper, now is the time for the Hoops to go for broke, and make sure that the qualifying process is smoother than it has been in recent years, by spending big in the weeks ahead.

They can’t afford not to.

In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon provided an update on a Hoops transfer target

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