CELTIC have been handed a Champions League boost with the news that UEFA will give two qualifying places to Scottish teams for next season. The move comes as a result of Celtic and Rangers boosting the coefficient in recent seasons and now, two teams will be able to navigate for a place in the most prestigious competition in football.
The winners of the Premiership will play in the Third Qualifying Round, whilst the runners up will enter in the Second Qualifying Round. As a result, should Celtic win the league, they will enter the competition at a later stage than any of the last few years.
Celtic and Rangers are in Europa League duty and another successful season from both teams will push the coefficient on further, leading potentially to an automatic space in the Champions League. Under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic reached the group stage in back-to-back seasons but in the three years since then, the club have failed to navigate the qualifying rounds.
Neil Lennon famously took Celtic to the Last 16 in 2012/13 and will be hoping to repeat this feat next season but only after 10IAR is taken care of.