Scottish Premier League - Lennon knows value of Euro success

Manager Neil Lennon acknowledged the riches available to Celtic in the Champions League as he turned his attentions to the first leg of a difficult third qualifying round tie against Elfsborg next week.

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Champions League - Commons heads Celtic to late win over Elfsborg

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Neil Lennon led Celtic to the last 16 of last season's Champions League

Goals from Efe Ambrose and Georgios Samaras against Cliftonville last night completed a 5-0 aggregate win over the Irish part-timers and set up the tie against the Swedes, whose league season is up and running and who won 4-0 against Daugava in Latvia to progress 11-1 over the two legs.

The expected victory over the Reds came on the day when it was revealed that the Parkhead club made over B£22million from UEFA for reaching the last 16 of the Champions League last season.

The Celtic boss said after his team's 2-0 win: "I think the money is imperative for us, or for any club really.

"But from a footballing point of view it is about the development of the players, the experience they get, and bringing their reputations and careers on.

"That is the most important thing, but the more successful you are in the competition the money will come: gate revenues, sponsorship, television money.

"It is a fantastic competition and one that went well for us last year but there is no guarantee that we will qualify this year.

"We are going to have to step things up in the next week or so to be ready for Elfsborg.

"We know how important it is but I can't base my whole season on qualifying for the Champions League, I have to look beyond that."

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