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Rangers boss Mark Warburton insists he's not worried by Celtic's potential £30m jackpot

By Andy Newport

Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes Celtic have taken a major step forward on behalf of Scottish football - but he is not fretting about their potential £30m Champions League windfall.

The Hoops will join Europe's elite clubs in today's group stage draw for Uefa's top competition after dumping out Israeli champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva over a two-legged play-off.

Celtic's success will earn the rest of the Ladbrokes Premiership teams - including the Gers - a £250,000 Uefa bonus as well as a vital shot in the arm for Scotland's flagging coefficient.

But it will also flood the Parkhead coffers with millions of pounds in TV cash and prize money.

What is a boost for the nation's European standing could also turn out to be a blow for Gers' title hopes if Celtic are able to reinvest that jackpot into Brendan Rodgers' playing squad.

However, Warburton is refusing to panic. He said: "It's a positive. It's a Scottish club progressing to the Champions League group stages. It has to be a positive. It would be stupid to say anything other than that.

"But I can't control it so I'm never going to worry about Aberdeen, Hearts, Celtic or anyone else.

"Nothing we can do here can control what happens away from us, so all we can focus on is what we can control.

"We'll concentrate on our training, our work here, the analysis and all the other things we do. But away from us, why worry about it?"

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