Why other Scottish clubs will benefit from Celtic qualifying

Celtic's Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney celebrate in Israel. Other Scottish clubs should be happy too. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Celtic's Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney celebrate in Israel. Other Scottish clubs should be happy too. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

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Hamilton manager Martin Canning knows that Celtic’s Champions League qualification could provide a windfall that would enable his club and others in Scotland’s top flight to do some transfer business.

Celtic’s entry to the group stage allows Ladbrokes Premiership clubs to share almost £80 million of solidarity payments to leagues with competing clubs, which is set to translate into about £200,000 for each club in Scotland’s top flight.

“It’s a massive amount of money for us to get,” Canning said. “Whether it translates itself back into players, we will wait and see, but that’s something the board have been great with, backing me in terms of trying to get guys in.

“There have been players we have made offers for, and matched different teams, and not been able to get it over the line for whatever reason.

“But the backing has been great and this money, if something comes up, might give us a little bit extra that we can push to get someone in.

“You want to see every Scottish club doing well in Europe and it’s great that Celtic can get to that level. The league gets publicised a bit more as well and some of that money filters through to other teams in the league.”

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