A very fair sporting advantage

Yesterday UEFA published the figures from season 2016-2017.

It detailed what payments had been made to clubs who had participated in the Champions League and Celtic received €31,740,000.

It should be noted that this does not include match day revenues or payments from sponsors.

I’m told from an impeccable source, that when those other revenue streams are added then the global figure then Celtic earned €48m in Europe last season.

This is a level of financial muscle that no other club in Scotland can come near.

Of course, Celtic are in the UCL Group Stages again this season.

This revenue allows the Parkhead Club to sustain a football budget that is many multiples of any other side in the SPFL.

Today the treble winners from last season just edged past Neil Lennon’s rejuvenated Hibs.

It was a tough contest in the second half with Moussa Dembélé being the decisive factor with two goals.

That now makes it SIXTY domestic matches unbeaten since Brendan Rodgers first walked up the Celtic Way.

The cup holders will now either face Motherwell or Sevco in the final.

It will take many inexplicable officiating errors on the day to give either side a fighting chance against Brendan’s Bhoys.

There are some within the press box who will whimper that Celtic have a massive advantage over everyone in Scotland because of the financial disparity as highlighted by UEFA’s published figures this week.

For the avoidance of doubt, that monetary gap was achieved by hard work on and off the field since the summer of Seville.

In 2003 Celtic were in a debt spiral by being forced to compete with EBT FC at Ibrox.

We all know how that turned out.

Since then the Parkhead club has built up their commercial operation to an unrivalled position within Scotland.

Put simply, it means that they’re in a position where they don’t have to sell players.

By contrast, Sevco are faced with tough choices in the January window and Pedro knows all about it.

Conversely, Celtic will have the means to strengthen the areas of the team that Brendan thinks need bolstering.

Yes, dear reader, this is a sporting advantage.

It really is.

Having more money, much more money, than anyone else in the league is ALWAYS an advantage.

Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is plain wrong, or, perhaps they’re just trying to cover up cheating.

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