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Celtic relishing £30m bounty from Euro draw

Peter LawwellFootball – Champions League: Celtic will face Manchester City, German side Borussia Monchengladbach and Barcelona in the Champions League group stage.

The first matches take place on 13-14 September and the final is on 3 June at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Celtic’s first match is away to Barcelona on 13 September which will be a harsh reminder of their  6-1 defeat at the Nou Camp which marked the end of their last participation in the group stage in 2013.

The Scots will host Manchester City on 28 September, before home and away games against the Germans on 19 October and 1 November. Barcelona visit Parkhead on 23 November with the final group match away to City on 6 December.

The ties should swell Celtic’s bank balance by as much as £30m with huge crowds expected at each match.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, noting how some have described it as the ‘group of death, said: “It could’ve been easier.” But he said the club will relish the forthcoming challenge.

“There’s some real glamour ties in there, really great nights ahead at Celtic Park. We have a great relationship with Manchester City, so there are some great nights ahead..”

English Premier League champions Leicester were handed one of the ‘easier’ groups for their inaugural season in the competition. They will face Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen.

Arsenal‘s French manager Arsene Wenger will pitch his team against Paris St-Germain, Basel and Ludogorets. Tottenham have drawn Monaco, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen.

Real Madrid, who became European champions for a record 11th time by beating neighbours Athletico on penalties, will meet German outfit Borussia Dortmund, Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw of Poland.

Draw:

Group A: Paris St-Germain (France), Arsenal (England), Basel (Switzerland), Ludogorets (Bulgaria).

Group B: Benfica (Portugal), Napoli (Italy), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Besiktas (Turkey).

Group C: Barcelona (Spain), Manchester City (England), Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany), Celtic (Scotland).

Group D: Bayern Munich (Germany), Atletico Madrid (Spain), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Rostov (Russia).

Group E: CSKA Moscow (Russia), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Tottenham (England), Monaco (France).

Group F: Real Madrid (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Legia Warsaw (Poland).

Group G: Leicester City (England), Porto (Portugal), Club Brugge (Belgium), FC Copenhagen (Denmark).

Group H: Juventus (Italy), Sevilla (Spain), Lyon (France), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia).

 

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