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
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
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
“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
“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