Champions League excites Postecoglou | PerthNow

Ange Postecoglou is excited by the prospect of Champions League football now that Celtic’s Premiership title win has been confirmed.

The Hoops clinched their 10th crown in 11 years on Wednesday night with a 1-1 draw against Dundee United at Tannadice.

The Parkhead club will go straight into the group stage of European football’s elite club competition, which could be worth $30-40m to the Bhoys.

It was a terrifically successful end to the former Australia boss’s first season in charge of Celtic and he revealed some of the benefits of guaranteed Champions League group participation.

Ahead of Saturday’s game against Motherwell at Parkhead, Postecoglou said: “It is brilliant.

“There were plenty of motivations to win the title this year, not least that we obviously didn’t win it last year.

“Knowing, potentially, that the extra carrot was there was a massive motivator.”

Celtic will make their first appearance in the group stage for five years, while Rangers could join them if they win next week’s Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt or, in not, battle through two qualifying rounds.

“I felt it was a great way for us to accelerate our growth as a football club with us being involved at that level and getting exposed to that level: our players, our team, our football club, that is the level we want to be at every year,” said Postecoglou.

“We all know the qualifying process is not straightforward.

“It affects your pre-season, it affects the time off players have, there are all these ramifications.

“It affects your recruiting because you just don’t know, are you recruiting for the Champions League or are you not?

“So all those kinds of things, we can now work with a lot more certainty this off-season and give the players a break, have a really good pre-season and identify the players we want knowing we are going to be playing in the Champions League.

“It is going to be exciting. Celtic Park, Champions League, brilliant.”

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