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CELTIC EYE EURO RICHES

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CELTIC will rake in £13million if they successfully earn a passage through their four qualifying rounds to reach the riches of the Champions League group stages.

UEFA yesterday confirmed the prize money at stake in European football’s top tournaments.

It emerged the Hoops would still get a guaranteed £4.5million even if they are knocked out at the Champions League play-off stage.

In the groups, teams will receive £2.4million per win and £800,000 for a draw.

Sides that qualify for the last-16 will each cash in to the extent of £8.5million, while those who make it to the quarters will net £9.5million each.

National champions that don’t reach the group stage of either competition will get £233,000 as well as prize money for participating in the qualifiers.

The Hoops, of course, missed out on the opportunity of performing in the lucrative section games when they lost to an average AEK Athens 3-2 on aggregate after two miserable performances home and away.

The Greeks were beaten in all six of their group encounters.

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