Celtic's perilous UEFA coefficient ranking means Betis clash is still an important one
Tomorrow’s visit of Real Betis to Celtic Park may not matter much in terms of this season’s Europa League, but with coefficient points on the line, Celtic could do with winning.
Yes, after telling you about the financial incentives on offer to Ange Postecoglou’s men earlier today, we’re continuing our campaign on why tomorrow still matters.
Celtic may be out of contention for a top two spot in Group G, with six points from five games.
But we may still look back on tomorrow night’s match fondly should we get the three points.
Betis win matters for Celtic coefficient points
Scotland finished 11th in last season’s UEFA country coefficients – meaning a likely spot in next season’s Champions League group stage for the Premiership title winners.
And the picture looks set to get even better the year after, with Scottish clubs already virtually matching their points tally from season 2016/2017 – the next year to fall off UEFA’s five-year system.
If Scotland can maintain their current form, then the UEFA access list shows there could be even greater opportunities for clubs in this country.
Apologies for giving you a sore head.
From a selfish Celtic point of view, improving our overall UEFA club coefficient is important.
We currently sit 49th in UEFA’s five-year rankings, down three places from this time last year.
It leaves Celtic in a perilous position for future European qualifiers, even more so if we fail to win the league this season.
Celtic gained just 3.00 points last season in Europe, and are on 4.00 so far this season.
Victory tomorrow night would take us on to 6.00, with opportunities to come in the Conference League after Christmas.
This could prove to be crucial in deciding our seeded/unseeded status in future draws.
Bring it home, Celtic.