Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou revealed he was excited about the prospect of playing in the Champions League after his side won the Scottish Premiership title. Celtic clinched the title after a 1-1 draw with Dundee United which earned them a place in the Champions League group stage next season. The Champions League group stage could help the club earn a reported £30-£40million.
“There were plenty of motivations to win the title this year, not least that we obviously didn’t win it last year. Knowing potentially that the extra carrot was there was a massive motivator,” Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou said. “I felt it was a great way for us to accelerate our growth as a football club with us being involved at that level and getting exposed to that level: our players, our team, our football club, that is the level we want to be at every year.”
“We all know the qualifying process is not straightforward. It affects your pre-season, it affects the time players have, and there are all these ramifications. It affects your recruiting because you just don’t know, are you recruiting for the Champions League or are you not?” he added. “So all those kinds of things, we can now work with a lot more certainty this off-season and give the players a break, have a really good pre-season, and identify the players we want knowing we are going to be playing in the Champions League. It is going to be exciting. Celtic Park, Champions League, brilliant.”
“They have certainly made such a tremendous contribution to Celtic over such a long and successful period for the club and I understand that in their minds the time is right to move on. I am sure they will leave with the sincere best wishes of our supporters having given so much of themselves to Celtic,” he added.