The amount of money teams will receive for qualifying for the Champions League has been revealed, and it underlines how important it is for Celtic to reach the group stages.
The BBC reports that the amount of money teams will receive is unchanged from last season. Therefore, a ream that qualifies for the group stages will earn £13.7 million.
Importance cannot be underestimated
That is an incredible amount of money, particularly for a team like Celtic. The importance of the Champions League cash cannot be underestimated.
If the Hoops manage to qualify for the group stages, it could reduce the likelihood of a key player being sold. Last season when Celtic failed to reach the group stages, Moussa Dembele was sold to Lyon for £19.7 million.
Making the group stages is not easy. Celtic have to play four rounds of qualifying at the start of the season. Thankfully, many of the current squad are veterans who know how to get the job done in the games.
This year’s campaign off to a good start
This season’s process got off to a good start with a 3-1 win against Sarajevo. That should see the Hoops through to the second round.
However, there are potentially still seven games that stand between Celtic and reaching the group stages. Last season they didn’t even reach the play-off round. Neil Lennon will be desperate to ensure that doesn’t happen this season.