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Celtic's Chief Excecutive Peter Lawwell has claimed that his club could potentially be the biggest in the world. Photo credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Celtic's Chief Excecutive Peter Lawwell has claimed that his club could potentially be the biggest in the world. Photo credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

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Celtic's Chief Excecutive Peter Lawwell has claimed that his club could potentially be the biggest in the world. Photo credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Chief executive Peter Lawwell claims Celtic are potentially the biggest club in the world.

Lawwell made his assertion after contextualising the Hoops' earning potential at the club's AGM yesterday.

He claimed that the 40,000 season tickets sold for this campaign was only bettered in Britain by Manchester United and Arsenal, adding that winning the Scottish Premiership title brings in £1.8m while clubs relegated from the English top flight rake in £65m.

He then claimed that, if the Scottish champions had access to the sort of broadcast monies available to the top clubs in England, Celtic would be peerless.

"I believe that," he said. "If you go back 25-30 years and compare us to Manchester United before the media and TV boom, there wasn't much in it.

"Our story is unique, it is rich - it is the best. We have a potential fan-base of Scots/Irish diaspora around the world to support that, and we have fantastic, strong fan-base in Scotland.

"I don't see any barrier if you compare Celtic to Manchester United or Arsenal, the top clubs down there. I don't see any barriers if we were getting the same media values."

Asked about comparisons with Real Madrid and Barcelona, Lawwell replied: "If it is a level playing field with our strong fundamentals, I don't see any reason why we couldn't be."

Irish Independent