Football Soccer - Champions League - Celtic vs FC Astana - Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - Glasgow, Britain - August 16, 2017 FC Astana’s Patrick Twumasi in action with Celtic’s Nir Bitton REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

It seems a little premature to talk about the potential of what happens if Celtic do clinch the league in the coming month, however, it is worth noting the ramifications of what’s going on elsewhere that could impact on the Hoops should they win the league.

The automatic Champions league spot up for grabs in the SPFL does come with a caveat and right now – it could come into play.

Whoever wins the SPFL should go straight into the Champions League group stage but only if the side who wins Europe’s elite competition also qualifies for the tournament through their league.

So – if Liverpool win the Champions League and they finish in the top four of the English Premier League – the SPFL would get the automatic spot.

However, Villarreal putting out Bayern Munich to reach reach the semi-final puts that spot in jeopardy.

IF Villarreal were to win the Champions League – the SPFL would miss out on the automatic slot. The Spanish side are currently seventh in La Liga and have little chance of qualifying for the competition within their league.

Celtic need to go and win the league before any of this really matters to the club. We will be watching the Champions League closely and if we do clinch the title – we will be cheering against our friends at Villarreal.


  1. Let us bring home our own League then what will be will be and we will still have what we wanted and the rest could be a huge bonus for the fans and Celtic fc…..

  2. This is simply the last hope of the Daily Ranger. Villareal are not going to win the CL. And the Russians are not going to be allowed to compete in the CL next season, regardless of what happens in Ukraine between now and then, therefore there is no need to spout this nonsense.


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