Soccer: Celtic need to boost coffers

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo / AP
Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo / AP

Celtic manager Neil Lennon saw his side wrap up their 44th Scottish title but admitted solid Champions League progress is now required to boost the coffers at Parkhead.

Lennon believes a successful European campaign is essential to make up for the revenue lost from derby matches against Rangers.

"I think there was more emphasis on the European campaign this season obviously, for financial reasons more than anything else," said Lennon whose side made the last 16 this season, defeating Barcelona in the group stages before losing to Juventus in the knockout rounds.

The Hoops wrapped up the championship with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Inverness at Parkhead yesterday to leave them 15 points clear of Motherwell with four matches remaining.

It keeps Lennon's side on course to clinch a domestic double if they can defeat Hibernian in next month's Scottish Cup final.

"I'm proud of the players for the way they've played this season," he said.

Lennon has won two titles as a manager to go with the five he claimed as a Celtic midfielder.

- AFP

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