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Celtic learn their Champions League fate as they face Barcelona

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Meanwhile Celtic’s qualification to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League has resulted in both the SPL’s European co-efficient and UEFA solidarity receiving a boost.

The co-efficient rankings, which are based on a points system, will see Celtic and the SPL awarded four bonus points for participation in the group stages, with additional points awarded for a group stage win or draw.

On top of that boost, UEFA’s solidarity funding which is shared equally among the other 11 SPL clubs not in the Champions League will see the fund increase from £500,000 to around £1,500,000. Which will be a great help to those clubs who have lost revenue with the demise of Rangers.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Our congratulations go to all at Celtic FC on once again reaching the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Their success is a welcome boost for the entire game in Scotland – both financially and reputationally. Ahead of the start of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign next week, last evening is a timely reminder that Scottish football still has a rightful place at European football’s top table.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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