Revealed: Celtic handed £30m+ boost by big development today
Celtic are in line to play in next season’s Champions League and be in the running for a £30million-plus windfall after the green light from Uefa today, Football Insider understands.
The governing body’s executive committee has decided that qualification for the Champions League and Europa League next season should be on sporting merit if domestic leagues cannot be completed on time.
A Uefa source has told Football Insider that a points-per-game calculation is the most likely option to be used.
This would pave the way for Celtic to be handed Scotland’s place in the Champions League qualification rounds and the possibility of a huge windfall.
The runaway SPL leaders are 13 points clear of rivals Rangers and are in line to be crowned Scottish champions for the ninth season in a row if the season ends prematurely.
The SPFL has been in constant talks about how and when this season’s Scottish Premiership can resume but that is looking less likely after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon dropped the bombshell earlier this week that football might not be allowed to restart until a cure for Covid-19 has been found.
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Fears Celtic could miss out on a Champions League place if the season is ended early by Scottish chiefs appear to be unfounded.
That is a huge boost to the club, who have the chance to earn £30m-plus if they make the group stages of the Champions League.
They have failed to do so in the last two seasons and had to drop down to the Europa League before Christmas.
The last time Celtic played in the group stages of Europe’s elite competition – in Brendan Rodgers’ second season in charge – they earned £32m.
In other Celtic news, a “massive” Hoops transfer claim has been made by former goal machine.