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.

Last Updated: 06/12/12 at 19:08 Post Comment

Kenny Shiels: Described Neil Lennon's progress in the Champions League as a

Kenny Shiels: Described Neil Lennon's progress in the Champions League as a

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."

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