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£20m Champions League bounty allows me to spend some cash - Celtic's Lennon

Celtic's progression to the Champions League Round of 16 saw the Glasgow giants bring in around £20million.

The figure will allow the Scottish champions to ease the financial stress that comes with running a massive club in Scotland and Bhoys boss Neil Lennon was thrilled to see just how much effect it will have at Parkhead.

"It gives me huge satisfaction on so many fronts," he said.

"Because of the climate we are in, because of the experience it has given myself and the players.

"You get an enormous amount of pleasure out of it.

"The club is stable now for the next three or four years and the debts are well manageable.

"I might even get a few quid to spend!

"The flip side is that we will lose a couple of players, if not more, during the summer anyway.

"But we are financially robust and the majority of that is down to the efforts of the players.

"The financial side of it is something that's new to me.

"As a player all you think about is success, but as a manager you have to think about the future of the club and where we will be in three years.

"We are in the midst of a recession and the economic climate in Scottish football is not great, so for us to have the season we have had is fantastic."

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Andrew Slevison
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