CELTIC are ranked ninth best-supported club in Europe, it has been revealed.

In a UEFA-commissioned report, released today, the Scottish champions have emerged as one of only 15 clubs to achieve an aggregate attendance of over ONE MILLION fans for home league matches.

With an average crowd figure of 57,523 across season 2017/18, the Hoops’ aggregate attendance was a magnificent 1,092,937.

Today’s report follows an independent study released by the Fraser of Allander Institute at the end of 2018, outlining the scale of the club’s contribution to the Scottish economy each year.

The economic study revealed that the spending of Celtic and their supporters was worth £165MILLION to the Scottish economy, helping to support the equivalent of 2,820 full-time equivalent jobs in Scotland.

Such a boost to Scotland’s economy was identified not just as a one-off, but one which occurs annually.

The report which also identified the club as the 25th strongest brand in world football, found that 40 per cent of Celtic’s day-to-day spending was with Scottish firms.

The club is particularly important to the Glasgow economy, with  a net inflow into the city of over one million people in the course of the season, mainly from within Scotland. However, 54 per cent of visitors who attend games from outside the country stay in paid accommodation for an average of 1.7 nights.

* The full UEFA Report is available on www.uefa.com

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