Significance of Celtic’s Champions League qualification laid bare by Europa League revenue comparison

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The importance for Celtic of reaching the Champions League group stage was further underlined after their Europa League earnings for 2020/21 were revealed.

Neil Lennon’s side didn’t set the fastest time, knocked out after finishing bottom of Group H behind AC Milan, Lille and Sparta Prague.

UEFA have now released figures which show the Hoops have only raked in £7m from this campaign.

It was £4million less than Rangers who qualified for the last 16.

The Light Blues reached the final this year and landed a windfall of nearly £50m for the incredible achievement.

Manchester United reached the 2020/21 final and earned around £15m.

The Hoops will have enjoyed a more lucrative run in the campaign just past, as they qualified for the Round of 16 in the Conference League.

Winning the Scottish Premiership from Rangers means Ange Postecoglou’s side are guaranteed a place in the Champions League group stages next season.

Ferencvaros was the worst performer two years ago but still bagged £16million, more than double what Celtic took from Europa.

Next time around, they will earn £13.162m just by securing their place in the group stage.

An additional £782,000 will arrive per point – and £2.3million per win.

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