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Champions League Draw - Group C with Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach & Celtic

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THE UK may have voted to leave the European Union, but the result of that referendum could add to Celtic’s reasons to be cheerful that they remained in European competition on Tuesday night.

THAT'S because the Scottish champions are in line for a ‘Brexit’ boost to their finances, with their bumper Champions League prize kitty set to be swelled by more than £3million due to the fall in value of the pound against the Euro.

Brendan Rodgers’ side secured their passage to the riches on offer in the group stages of European football’s premier competition after surviving a nervy second-leg against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva to prevail 5-4 on aggregate.

Their triumph means that they will earn a minimum of €25million from prize money for negotiating the play-off rounds, with a group stage participation fee and television revenue to come, as well as potential further earnings based upon the number of points they accrue during their group matches.

With the cash coming from UEFA to be converted from euros to sterling before it hits Celtic’s bank account, the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote means that they will receive more than they would have if the rate had remained at pre-EU referendum levels.

Based on last season’s Champions League prize breakdown, that could result in an extra £3million or more coming Celtic’s way than would previously have been the case.

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Draw from Hell;

Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, CELTIC.


Draw from Heaven;

Leicester City, SSC Napoli, FC Basel, CELTIC

my ideal draw would be

Cska Moscow      Leverkusen.       Club Brugge 


my draw from hell would be

Real Madrid     Man city.   Monchengladbach 

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  • BRENDAN RODGERS last night thanked Ronny Deila for his role in Celtic ’s return to the group stage of the Champions League.

    The proud Irishman took time out from reflecting on his own success to pass some praise on to his predecessor.

    Rodgers was handed the keys to the manager’s door at Parkhead due to Deila’s failings.

    The Norwegian’s two flops in his cracks at the Champions League qualifiers played a massive part in his demise and the club’s push to appoint the ex-Liverpool and Swansea gaffer.

    But Rodgers made it clear he wouldn’t be in the group stage were it not for Deila ensuring on the domestic front at least Celtic were able to stay at the top of the standings and earn another opportunity to make it back to the big time.

  • He said: “What I think I have tried to instil into the players is they are good guys, good players, and they needed help in order to achieve what they wanted to achieve.

    “But I will also say thank you to Ronny because I don’t get the chance to qualify for the Champions League if he doesn’t win the league.

    “And he won the league last year.

    “So among the thanks I want to say a particular thank you to him and his staff because that gives me the chance to come into the club when he decided to move on and try to take the team forward.

    “I have respect for other coaches and managers and this is a huge job at Celtic – a very, very tough job with the expectation of the club and where the club wants to be.

    “With the riches now in football it’s very, very difficult.”

  • Rodgers is factually correct with his Deila statements.

    However, it is clear the arrival of Rodgers and his new signings gave the Norwegian’s squad the impetus and the belief to reach their major 
    European qualification target.

    The manager is full of admiration for the graft of his players as they battled through their gruelling and nerve-shredding six-game sequence to make the group stages.

    Rodgers said: “They have made huge strides but they will still be a way to go before they will be where I want them to be.

“The game in Israel showed all the work they’ve been doing, the long hours, all the tactical work, all the psychological work in terms of getting that resistance to anything thrown at you.

“You get your rewards on the field and that’s where we want to see them.

“We haven’t spent nearly anything at all but we needed certain types of personalities in here and add them to the boys here.

“It’s just to give them a different way of thinking and working and they have responded magnificently.

“It’s a pleasure to work with them and it’s hopefully only the start.”

After just three months in the job Rodgers is still integrating his methods on to the squad.

That situation was emphasised in Israel with a key moment during 
the game.

In the heat of the second half with Celtic hanging on to a one-goal 
aggregate lead Rodgers used a page from his notebook to get a message on to the pitch to skipper Scott Brown.

Danish sub Erik Sviatchenko was the message boy and by following the late tactical switch Celtic were able to stay solid in the final halfhour and see the job through.

Rodgers said: “It said, ‘Any danger?’ Seriously, it was just to make sure they understood the shape from what we were going.

“If you leave the message with a player sometimes it doesn’t get on quick enough.

“Scotty’s a great communicator so Erik gave it to him and he could see the shape of the team and what personnel had to go to what positions and what we were trying to achieve.

“Rip it up quickly and go. I’ve done it in the past. It’s not a book!

“You have to be short, sharp and concise with your information.

“Listen, the quality of your life is down to the quality of your communication skills.

“The issue was they were throwing caution to the wind and bombing everyone forward.

“The problem was on the sides. Initially they had a diamond in the first half but the tempo was up for them and we could contain that, so we switched from 4-3-3 to a diamond at the beginning of the half.

“But they were still getting down the sides so it was a case then of trying to block them.

“Stick an extra defender on meaning Kieran Tierney and Saidy Janko could engage their full-backs higher up the pitch.

“Play with a back five, a diamond and then one up. Then we started to deal with things.

“You just have to see how the game is going. Obviously you have at the back of your mind how long the game might go on.

“The case was we were finding it hard to get any possession so you just have to think, ‘Right, we just have to defend here’.

“So you try to get the defensive organisation correct to win the game.

“However, you get it on there, however it’s written, whether it’s verbal, you need to get the message on there. I thought we then found a calmness.”








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Group A - PSG, Arsenal, Basel, Ludiogorets

Group B - Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kyiv, Besiktas

Group C - Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach, CELTIC

Group D - Bayern, Atletico, PSV, Rostov

Group E - CSKA Moscow, Leverkusen, Spurs, Monaco

Group F - Real Madrid, Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw

Group G - Leicester City, Porto, Brugge, Copenhagen

Group H - Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb

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The Celtic Champions League squad in full (including B-listed players*)


Logan Bailly

Leo Fasan

Dorus de Vries

Craig Gordon

Ross Doohan*





Erik Sviatchenko

Kieran Tierney*

Kolo Toure

Eoghan O'Connell*

Emilio Izaguirre

Dedryck Boyata

Jozo Simunovic

Jamie McCart*

Cristian Gamboa

Mikael Lustig




James Forrest

Stuart Armstrong

Nir Bitton


Scott Brown


Ryan Christie

Liam Henderson*

Regan Hendry*


Callum McGregor

Tom Rogic

Patrick Roberts



Mark Hill*


Michael Johnston*

Calvin Miller*

Scott Sinclair

Jack Aitchison*

Leigh Griffiths

Nadir Ciftci

Moussa Dembele

Gary Mackay-Steven

* B listed players, according to the UEFA website: "A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January 1994 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with UEFA.

Players aged 16 may be registered on List B if they have been registered with the participating club for the previous two years without interruption." 



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CELTIC chiefs are to shell out nearly £2MILLION in Champions League bonuses to Brendan Rodgers and his squad.

Rodgers agreed the huge Euro incentive as part of his sensational deal to replace Ronny Deila in May. Now the highest earning boss in Hoops history on £2.25m-a- year, he joins skipper Scott Brown, top scorer Leigh Griffiths, keeper Craig Gordon and left-back Kieran Tierney as the biggest winners with the CL payouts.

The four players started all six of the qualifiers — against Lincoln Red Imps, FC Astana and Hapoel Be’er Sheva — and it’s believed each will pocket close to a whopping £100,000.

A total of 22 players were used and each will get a share dependent on how many games they played in

Callum McGregor and Mikael Lustig each started five games, James Forrest four while Moussa Dembele started three and was a sub in three.

Rodgers’ backroom staff, including No¿2 Chris Davies and coach John Kennedy, will also bank sizeable amounts after the Euro run guaranteed Celtic a minimum £22m with much more to come through gate receipts, hospitality and Uefa performance-related cash.

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