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‘CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW IS PURE BOX OFFICE,’ LAWWELL

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CELTIC chief executive Peter Lawwell has welcomed the “Box Office” champions League draw.

The Hoops will square up to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, big-spending French cracks Paris Saint-Germain and Belgian aces Anderlecht in a glittering Group B.

Superstars such as £200million man Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and James Rodriguez are all poised to perform in Glasgow’s east end.

Brendan Rodgers’ men will kick off their European campaign against Neymar and Co at Parkhead on Tuesday, September 12.

Lawwell said: “It could have been a little bit easier, but it is obviously Box Office.

“It is fantastic to have these three outstanding clubs coming to our place. 

“Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are top European clubs in everything that they do. For them to be coming to Celtic Park will be a privilege and they will be brilliant nights.

“The same goes for Anderlecht because we have great history with them.

“So, as I said, although the draw could have been easier, it is Box Office and we will welcome these clubs to Glasgow and give them the Celtic experience.”

Boss Rodgers now has six days to get his squad in place for the challenges ahead.

The Hoops have added £800,000 South African centre-half Rivaldo Coetzee, subject to a work permit and medical, while they are pushing ahead on the Paddy Roberts front.

Lawwell added: “We bring players in, develop them and give them the Champions League stage.

“If they want to stay, fantastic. But there is also an opportunity to go.

“Both in terms of attracting players and retaining players, the Champions League is where people want to play.

“There are another couple of players we’d like to bring in and, hopefully, we can get them over the line.

“We are making progress with Patrick Roberts. There is nothing certain and we are respecting Manchester City’s position.”

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