The £7.4m prize pot available to Celtic in UEFA Europa Conference League

By John McGinley

January 20, 2022

Prior to this season, Celtic’s European journey would already be over at this stage of the campaign. Although competing well with a nine-point total in the UEFA Europa League group stages, Celtic finished third.

However, that’s no longer exit from Europe material and the Bhoys will get the opportunity to have an extended run in the newly created UEFA Europa Conference League. With it comes decent cash too, especially if Celtic can make it through a couple of rounds.

Celtic have already banked a £2.83m starting fee from the Europa League, as well as £1.57m in prize money from the group stages themselves.

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That, combined with a share from the TV market pool, a bit of money from Champions League qualifying and Celtic’s slice of the co-efficient payout means that a healthy amount has already been made from Europe this year.

Especially true when you take into account extra ticket sales and other stadium revenue from three matchdays.

What’s to come though? Well, Celtic will bank £250,000 just for turning up against Bodo/Glimt in the knockout round playoffs next month.

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UEFA Europa Conference League money available to Celtic

The UEFA breakdown of prize money for participation in the later stages is as follows:

Qualification for the round of 16 – £500,000
Qualification for the quarter-finals – £830,000
Qualification for the semi-finals – £1.67m
Qualification for the final – £2.5m
Conference league winners -£1.67m

It all adds up to £7.42m in total, just from the prize pot alone. More market pool money would be available, as well as boosted income from high profile European encounters at Celtic Park.

It may not be the wild figure available to Champions League teams. It’s also below what can be earned in the Europa League. However, it’s not a bad parachute by any means, especially compared to the alternative of nothing in previous years.

Although some big teams remain in the competition, Celtic won’t fear any foe given the performances against Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis. Let’s just see where this takes us.

In other news, Hollywood star spotted at Celtic Park on Monday night.