No extra benefit for SPL clubs

Scottish Premier League clubs will not receive an added windfall

from Celtic’s progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions

League.

Some clubs expected the SPL to receive an extra ?1m in

solidarity payments after Celtic qualified for the knockout stages

of the tournament, beating Spartak Moscow 2-1 on Wednesday

night.

But it has been confirmed that the SPL’s solidarity payments,

which rose from ?500,000 to ?1.5m when Neil Lennon’s men reached

the group stages, is as far as it will go.

The money will be spread equally between the other 11 clubs but

not paid out until next summer at the earliest.

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels, whose side face Celtic on

Saturday, says the Hoops’ victory is a boost for the game even if

not financially.

“I’m delighted that they’ve made it and hopefully the country

will get behind them,” said Shiels.

“We should be accommodating our European representatives a bit

more. Celtic played last night and they have to play at lunchtime

on Saturday. I don’t think that’s fair.

“It puts a bit of an advantage our way.”

Hearts manager John McGlynn added: “You’ve got to give a lot of

credit to Neil Lennon and his players; fantastic achievement.

“They’ve come through a lot and it’s great for Scottish

football. It helps the co-efficient and it can only be good for

Scottish football.

“We take enough knocks. I think we should be trying to pat

ourselves on the back in some form that one of the SPL clubs have

managed to achieve to get to the last 16 of the Champions

League.”