Celtic through to the Champions League group stages Nervy ending as Celtic scrape through


Celtic are back among Europe’s elite as they secured a 5-4 aggregate win to reach the group stages of the Champions League, despite losing 2-0 to Hapoel Be’er Sheva on the night.

Hapoel were awarded a penalty early on in the first half before being beaten soon after by a Ben Sahar header. A mix-up between Gordon and Janko – who had a nightmare of a game – handed the hosts their second goal on the night in the second half, giving them a glimpse of getting back on level terms with Celtic.

But despite the continuing onslaught from the Israeli side, Celtic held firm to secure qualification to the group stages for the first time in three years.

The draw takes place on Thursday with the Scottish champions guaranteed to bank around £30 million just for playing in the group stages.

Financial breakdown:

  • £2.6m for winning the play-off
  • £10.3m for group stage participation
  • £10m television money
  • £7m from gate receipts
  • £1.3m for group stage win
  • £0.43m for group stage draw

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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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