£4m up for grabs for Celtic in qualifiers


Champions League qualifiers do not concern us directly this season, but their outcome will determine whether we ‘earn’ several million pounds.  Two potential qualifiers: Copenhagen and Dinamo Zagreb have higher 10-year coefficients than Celtic.  That metric rewards qualification on a sliding scale.  Celtic will earn an extra £2m if both fail to qualify, half of that if only one reaches the group stage.

Copenhagen were held to a 0-0 draw at home in the first leg against Sparta Prague last night.  Dinamo’s game at AEK Athens was postponed after a fatality, the tie will conclude on 19 August.  We can be moderately hopeful of collecting that £2m.

Scotland earns 10% of the UK TV pot, a rough approximation of our population split.  Newco will earn 40% of that 10% if they reach the group stage; if not, Celtic will retain all of it.  That’s slightly over £2m up for grabs, pushing the total in-play variable north of £4m.

Newco’s first challenge is to overcome Servette, who defended their way to a penalty kicks triumph against Genk in the last round.  They travel to Glasgow without a handful of injured and suspended players, and one who failed to get a visa from UK immigration authorities (Wimbledon is OK for Russians, football competitions don’t matter, even if you are a Cameroon-born, Cameroon international which Russian dual citizenship).

PSV Eindhoven are the likely opponents of whoever progresses to the play-off round, which brings an added €5m bonus for reaching that stage.  This is money Newco desperately need; expect full theatrics at Ibrox tonight.

While we can muse on the money, Brendan and the players will only have thoughts for Aberdeen on Sunday.  Automatic qualification is a huge bonus.

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  1. Let’s hope Servette get a result at the Bigot Dome tonight and Mickey Mole’s jaicket will be on a shoogly peg!



    PSV will pun o them anyhoo, but would like them out before then.

  2. If Servette can even stay in the tie after tonight I will be delighted.



    With 3 or 4 key players to come back next week the best they can hope for sadly will be damage limitation.

  3. It must help the backroom staff that they worked with BR before- otherwise, all the choppin and changing must be a nightmare to deal with. Are we the norm ?

  4. BURNLEY78 on 9TH AUGUST 2023 12:08 PM


    If Servette can even stay in the tie after tonight I will be delighted.



    With 3 or 4 key players to come back next week the best they can hope for sadly will be damage limitation.




    I think you’re being very generous to an unproven, not very impressive last week against Kilmarnock Huns team.



    They were dire last week and have a load of new players that need to get to know each other, gel and be able to play football. From the look of them last week, they’ve not done any of that and they’ll struggle against a decent footballing side.



    Let’s hope that’s Servette. 😃👍

  5. SCULLYBHOY on 9TH AUGUST 2023 11:11 AM


    OMG Celtic bursting theit spending record!







    “Celtic has made a record bid for IF Elfsborg’s Gustaf Lagerbielke – the bid is around SEK 40 million.







    “The parties are in intensive talks and Elfsborg are evaluating a sale – which could be a record deal for the club.”







    (Does SEK mean Sterling in Swedish?)





    ” SEK” would stand for….


    ” SEE EWE KOMING”……If it was value in Sterling ?






  6. glendalystonsils on

    BIG JIMMY on 9TH AUGUST 2023 12:25 PM



    It could be Swedish Krone . 40 million is just over 3 million pounds .

  7. I’d be happy to the Swiss only a goal down going into the return leg.



    The huns are big favourites for this tie. It would be a really poor result for them if they can’t make the play offs.



    Either way, PSV are comfortably beating either side.

  8. Paul 67


    Are we going to have a GG live updates tonight on the newclub game – seems plenty of interest 😞

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Servette



    …. and Sparta Prague



    … and AEK.






    Partly true for AEK. I remember vividly the lead up to a qualifier in the 90s.



    Oldco fans to a man thought it was in the bag and they just had to turn up.



    A wise amateur footballer who I worked with – and who had absolutely no axe to grind – speculated that the Athens heat and the quality of the specific opposition spelled danger.



    The reaction you ask? Well, obviously


    – derided during week before the tie


    – ignored the week after

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    jackiemac- I know a fairly senior member of the backroom staff, when I asked him about Ange,he said he very rarely seen him,and had zero contact with major parts of the Club,he solely focused on the first team, which oobviously worked,whereas Brendan his very hands on with every part of the organisation.

  11. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    As for Servette? Would be a fantastic bonus for us but am inclined to believe it won’t happen.



    That said though, am totally deaf to the bog standard crap spouted by SMSM on these occasions



    “TEAM X are coming to Ibrox in a state of crisis”




  12. Thank god, and praise be to Ange that we aren’t being put through the qualifiers. Absolute torture and normally in the middle of a foreign holiday.

  13. European teams are better than we give them credit for , Huns confused the opposition at Europa League level with a mix of diving and high swinging crosses from the full backs usually for fattie to get on the end of.



    The opposition got rattled as they rarely if ever were confronted with these old style tactics….. If however Beale tries to play through the opposition with the ball on the deck then trying to gel the new players and lack of competitive games will lead to a score draw




  14. I think Marseille, PSV and Braga are all above us in the ten year list



    So if they both PSV and Sevco progress through this round we’ll either be a million or two million down



    Marseille and Braga are likely to be in the other play off.

  15. bournesouprecipe on

    The plan “is four competing Centre Backs”



    We’ve never had four first team ready cb’s in our history, the back up might be fine but never outstanding. Much more likely that with Carl Starfelt gone, we’ve made enquiries about two players, but aren’t signing both of them.



    The Champions League Celtic four CB’s, consisting of CCV Nawrocki Welsh and one other hopefully, at this stage Lagerbielke.

  16. BSR



    Stephen Welsh must be our best fourth choice CB ever. Good enough to warrant a decent offer from Italy, he has more European experience than Carl, abd probably a better record



    I remember the heady days of 5 and 6 centre backs, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Maistorovic, Loovens and Rogne with Lustig available in a crisis

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Rags saying Tete to Galatasaray,might have ended up messy,Russian teams going to sue UEFA, for being forced to let guys leave for nothing …..

  18. bournesouprecipe



    Haven’t checked back but wouldn’t Martin O’Neill have had four CB’s at Celtic at some point back in the day?


    Or am I thinking goalkeepers?

  19. bournesouprecipe on




    Yip, with Liam Scales likely going back to Pittodrie and Kobayashi nowhere in pre season, Stephen Welsh is favourite. Getting in another “ pure kwality “ CB is no doubt Brendan’s priority.

  20. !!bada bing!!



    Good thing we got Brendan back when we did.


    The EPL merry go round is already under way before the league has even started with Wolves already needing a new manager, Gary O’Neill I think. First but certainly not the last.

  21. bournesouprecipe on

    Celtic Mac



    He probably did , but a fair few of those mentioned not including ‘Heid and Hoof ‘ wouldn’t pass the modern ‘CL quality’ test you read about on here daily.

  22. Tom McLaughlin on




    Years ago my office ran a season long football forecasting competition. A few weeks in, I left to move to USA. A Rangers supporting colleague asked if he could take over my team. I agreed. My team was called AEK OK following the Greek club knocking Souness’s Rangers out in a CL qualifier.



    The look on my Hun colleague’s face when he saw the team name will live with me forever.

  23. Without getting out of our armchairs we can be bagging millions for the kitty. I’m hoping for a wee Frimpong few million too and when the phony war ends, KT going for £40-50m as well. All very welcome.



    Plenty of spondooliks and no excuse not to spend it on some much-needed first team ready recruits.



    All quiet on the CH front – I’m assuming they used some poetic licence when it came to the actual stage of the deal.



    Ohh ahhh Up da Servette csc




  24. bigrailroadblues on

    Good afternoon all from the Penny Farthing. Going to the comedy club at the Victoria Bar later. It starts at 7.45 local time.

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