Celtic chairman Peter Lawwell has been appointed to a major new role in European football.

The 64-year-old will take up the position of vice chairman of the European Club Association [ECA].

He has also been made a member of the joint venture between the ECA and UEFA for the next four-year cycle.

The announcement came as part of a raft of changes to the Champions League's financial distribution model that were confirmed for the next four years.

Lawwell said: "It is an honour to be appointed into these new positions.

"It is crucial that the Club has a voice at the top of the game, and as we continually seek to strengthen and develop European football as a whole, I will also continue to do all I can toĀ workĀ in theĀ best interestsĀ of bothĀ CelticĀ and Scottish football.

"I would like to thank ECA chairman,Ā Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and fellow board members for giving me this opportunity."

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Chief executive Michael Nicholson said: "I would like to congratulateĀ PeterĀ on his appointments, which have been announced today.

"The ECA is a hugely important organisation within European football and it is greatĀ newsĀ forĀ CelticĀ that Peter will continue to maintain such an important and influential role within this institution.

"For many years, Peter has worked tirelessly within the ECA and UEFA on behalf of both Celtic and Scottish football.Ā 

"Through these new appointments it is fantastic that our voice and interests will continue to be heard at the highest level of European football."

Lawwell has been an executive board member of the ECA since early 2014 and a member of UEFA's club competitions committee since 2015.

He also became one ofĀ ECA's four representatives on the professional football strategy council in 2017.