We’re less than 24 hours away from another Europa League campaign, and for Celtic, a mammoth challenge lies ahead.
The club have drawn three top teams who have all started their new season in fantastic form.
Milan are top of Serie A, Lille are first place in Ligue 1 and it’s the same story for Sparta Prague in the Czech first league.
With every game, there’s not just three points at stake but cold hard cash.
We contacted UEFA to ask about this years win and draw bonuses and they are, as followed:
Group match victory: €570,000
Group match draw: €190,000
In the unlikely event Celtic win all their games, they would be onto £3.45m.
Money does matter and with no gate receipts for three ties which would have more than likely saw the Celtic supporters come out in numbers, a win carries greater significance.
As we say, the task and road ahead is a difficult proposition, but we must not shirk from the challenge.