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Financial rewards of CL qualification would be such a boost for Motherwell - McCall

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has his fingers crossed that his side manages to qualify for the Champions League this season.

The Well are up against Greek club Panathinaikos in a two-legged qualifier, beginning at Fir Park on Wednesday night, and McCall has indicated that the financial reward of getting through to Europe's premier club competition would be enormous.

However, he is well aware that Panathinaikos have financial problems of their own with some players suggesting that the wages from the Greek club are long overdue.

"If you listen to what's coming out of their camp, the pressure is on them. Everyone expects them to go through and rightly so," said McCall.

"But I think there is an added pressure with their financial situation.

"We thought we were struggling in Scotland but if you listen to some stories coming out of their club it actually sounds like desperation stakes - they need to get through.

"It would set us up fantastically financially if we did. But, I don't know if the stories are true, but I saw Mr Boumsong (former Rangers player Jean-Alain) in the papers this morning saying they had not been paid for a wee while.

"I think there is a lot of pressure on them. They have got some experienced players but they have made a few changes and they have some young lads as well."

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Andrew Slevison
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