By CALLUM KERR
CELTIC’S 2016 Champion’s League dreams have come to an end.
Their campaign concluded with a 1-1 draw to Manchester City last night, finishing bottom of Group C. The Scottish Champions did manage to secure one result, however, and that was successfully lining their pockets.
Celtic failed to pick up any wins during their time on club football’s grandest stage, but their departure will have them laughing to the bank.
So what’s the price for failing to qualify for the knockout stages? UWS Sport reckons it’s a cool £32MILLION.
Before setting foot on a pitch, Celtic were set to rake in around £26 million alone from TV market pool money.
Then come the trimmings…
They chalked up three draws, which brought three separate bonus payments from UEFA.
The two draws, 3-3 then 1-1 against Guardiola’s Man City and an away draw to some German team, Borussia Moenchengladbach, contributed almost £2million to their payslip.
So the Glasgow outfit are up to £28m without even taking into consideration matchday charges.
Three sell-out crowds at Celtic Park and an impressive traveling support illustrated the passionate fans Celtic have, and they were all willing to cough up to watch their team.
Ticket packages, some priced up to £99, is roughly contributing an extra £4m to the pot.
Other matchday assets such as food/beverages and merchandising add the extras.
It was a bumper return for Celtic to the Champions League. Once again Scotland’s passion for the game was showcased to the world, and Celtic put together some spirited performances.
In the end European football after Christmas wasn’t to be but there’s nothing quite like a good payday to raise spirits.